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Brewers acquire Zack Greinke from Royals

The Brewers have made a blockbuster trade in acquiring pitcher Zack Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt for prospects Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi, and a player to be named later.

While Milwuakee was on Greinke's no-trade list, he decided to waive the clause and join Yovani Gallardo at the top of that rotation.

The Brewers were in desperate need of an ace, but shipped off three very good prospects to make it happen. Odorizzi, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, posted a 7-3 record with a 3.43 ERA in 23 appearances for Single-A.   Escobar drew a lot of attention following the 2009 season, but had a disappointing 2010 and now it will be on the Royals to make sure he lives up to his full potential.

Cain made his major league debut this season hitting .306 through 48 games. He is a lifetime .291 hitter in the minors, and is only 24 years old. He may have the biggest impact of anyone coming over from the Brewers.