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Greinke deal may keep Fielder in Milwaukee

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10:19 AM ET 12.19 | You know Prince Fielder is staying now. The Brewers clearly signaled they are going for it in 2011 with their acquisition of right-hander Zack Greinke from Kansas City. Farm system be damned. The Brewers already had traded second baseman Brett Lawrie, their top minor-league prospect, to Toronto for Shaun Marcum. Now comes word that they will send shortstop Alcides Escobar, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitching prospects Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi to the Royals to acquire Greinke, considered the top pitcher available on the trade market. The Brewers reportedly are getting shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, also, because they need a shortstop to replace Escobar. So, if these players indeed are in the trade, the Brewers have taken a big chunk out of their farm system. But after two disappointing seasons and facing a smaller window for keeping their regular lineup intact, they obviously are going for it all in 2011.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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December 19, 2010  10:27 AM ET

The Brewers are a great fit for Greinke and their division is ripe for the taking! This should make for a fun race to the finish in the Central.

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December 19, 2010  10:40 AM ET

This is a shocker, they won't make the playoffs. But it is a valiant effort.

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December 19, 2010  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Go for broke Milwaukee, what do you have to lose?

From the looks of things, a lot of games in a few years. They emptied the cupboard for one guy who doesn't address all of their problems.

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December 19, 2010  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Go for broke Milwaukee, what do you have to lose?

70-80 games........

December 19, 2010  12:06 PM ET

I'm a Cubs fan, and have no interest in puffing the opposition; however, I have to give props where they're due. Milwaukee has had a terribly successful offseason and has built the strongest starting rotation in the N.L. Central (assuming Westbrook in St. Lois doesn't come back all the way to his prime Cleveland form & Carpenter can stay healthy). The Brewers feast-or-famine line-up will ultimately decide their fate, but they've given their fans hope and their team the arms to stay competitive deep into games. The rest is details. The Royals will be really lucky to see even one of those prospects become a solid MLB player, nevermind a Cy Young winner with 2 years of control left. WAYYY lopsided deal, if you ask me. The ever-rebuilding Royals may have just driven in the final nail of constructing a 100 game loser.

December 19, 2010  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

From the looks of things, a lot of games in a few years. They emptied the cupboard for one guy who doesn't address all of their problems.

They gave up a whole lot in this deal... But I trust Doug Melvin.

December 19, 2010  12:42 PM ET

Fielder won't stay after his contract is up. Unless he is willing to take a major pay cut the Brewers won't be able to sign him. The trade was huge. Greinke will help in a major way and Marcum free from the AL East will be a much more effective pitcher. I am a blue jay fan so I am a little upset they couldn't pull of the trade themselves but my hat is off to the Brewers. If their season doesn't live up the the hype they could always trade Fielder and re-stock the farm system

December 19, 2010  12:50 PM ET

well, i still believe that the brewers have to give something to get something in return, nothing comes cheap neither free, on the other hand the brewes will trade fielder by midseason, why? i don't think that this team has enough cash to sign fielder for a long term deal, to try to trade this player will be the right thing to do, and get back some good prospects to make strong minor system again,,,,,

December 19, 2010  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

70-80 games........

LOl, Ain't the only thing
I bet prince still bolts or demands to be traded

December 19, 2010  02:47 PM ET

The last AL central stud to go to the NL central had a zero era in 17 starts, or at least it seemed it.

December 19, 2010  02:48 PM ET

I like the trade. There is no need to trade Fielder, as there isn't much of a market for him now, and they would receive 2 first round picks when he signs with someone else. Should make for a fun season!!!

December 19, 2010  03:22 PM ET

The money that Fielder wants is absolutely absurd. He wants an extreme amount of money plus even more.

He just isn't worth that

December 19, 2010  03:32 PM ET

They have 2 or 3 starters, NO BULLPEN or effective closer, and poor leadership. This trade is a step in the right direction obviously, but they still have other glaring problems. Borderline chance in making a wildcard run to the playoffs.

December 19, 2010  04:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

They have 2 or 3 starters, NO BULLPEN or effective closer, and poor leadership. This trade is a step in the right direction obviously, but they still have other glaring problems. Borderline chance in making a wildcard run to the playoffs.

The bullpen is suspect, but Axford did a great job closing. The new manager looks to be a solid improvement leadership wise. Glaring problems?

Circus I see you ranting about any Wisconsin sport about how bad the teams are. Honestly what is your deal?

December 19, 2010  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is a shocker, they won't make the playoffs. But it is a valiant effort.

Everyone please cancel the next MLB season. In his infinite wisdom, theater has decided that the Brewers will not make the playoffs. Can you just tell us who'll win next years World Series and we'll cancel the season, since there's clearly no point in playing it out. You've decided before spring training and 162 games that the Brewers have no chance of making the playoffs. You're a freakin' genius.

December 19, 2010  04:30 PM ET

this trade will severely damage the organization for years.... unless their able to re sign grienke to a long term deal when he becomes a FA, which doesnt look likely. They traded away a huge majority of their top 10 prospects and will have nothing comeing from the minors for the next 3 or 4 years and i still dnt like their chances of wining the division or wild card.... i dnt think their going to beat out the cards or the reds IMO. overall, i think its a bad move by the brew crew.

 
December 19, 2010  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The last AL central stud to go to the NL central had a zero era in 17 starts, or at least it seemed it.

If I was you, I'd try some thorazine. I hear it helps calm the voices in your head.

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