Christmas has come early for me! I am a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan and we simply never acquire these kinds of players (outside of CC Sabathia for half the '08 season).
The Milwaukee Brewers should have a Top 5 pitching rotation in the NL in 2011 along with a Top 5 offense, which suddenly makes them serious contenders for the NL Central and another playoff appearance.
I am happy for you my brother; now you know how we feel in Boston. 2011 will be a lot of fun.
I was actually surprised at how little the Brewers had to give up to get him. Royals management has been trying to spin this as a move that makes them better down the line, but it sounds a lot like the Pirates management when they make a move that is obviously just dumping a guy who will get a big contract soon and getting something for him instead of nothing.
This is the kind of move bad organizations make that only helps their wallets in the long run. When these prospects don't turn into all stars, they can just claim "hey, there's no way of knowing how a prospect will turn out in the majors" or "all the signs were there that this guy had all star talent, but it just didn't work out". In other words, there's a reason why Royals fans and Pirates fans haven't had anything to cheer about in a generation.
Congrats to the Brewers, this really does make them a better team and contenders right now.
I agree. While the trade involved almost all of the Brewers top prospects, none were really well-known players even in baseball circles.
Odorizzi is years away. Jeffress is one suspension away from being a janitor. Cain has only 150 ABs in MLB and Escobar has done nothing but under perform in every aspect of the game since joining the Brewers in '09.
I'll take a pitcher with Cy Young potential for that.
they also got yunesky betancourt whos a decent ss/2b, hes batted 280 the past couple years and a new league may get him up to 300. You guys raped the royals on this one!!!
I think you might be looking at his on-base percentage. His batting average hasn't been above .260 the past two seasons. His career on-base percentage of .296 is just awful. His 16 home runs last season was shockingly good for him, and helped him get a WAR of 1.3, which is basically on par with a utility infielder. The year before he had a WAR of -1.2, which means his value was much worse than that of the average AAA infielder brought up to the majors. The Royals wanted to dump him, and they will pay $2 million of his $4 million salary this season just so he plays somewhere else.
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