Greinke excited about being a Brewer

Two days after being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, Zack Greinke is excited about having an opportunity to compete on a winning team. Greinke, who is a former 2002 Kansas City Royals first round pick expressed his desire this off-season to leave the rebuilding Kansas City Royals. “The main reason I wanted to get out, I mean, preferred to get out of Kansas City is I wanted to be on a team that was trying to win this year because as a pitcher you don’t really know how long your career is going to be,” Following a CY Young Award winning season which saw him go 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA, Greinke slumped to a mediocre 10-14 record last season with a 4.17 ERA. In obtaining Greinke the Brewers boast a dynamic starting pitching staff which also includes Shaun Marcum and 14 game winner Yovani Gallardo. Offensively the Brewers have a powerful nucleus led by veteran first baseman Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee. “They’ve got some really good offense on the team and they seem to have like an attitude about them, and I kind of like that,” said Greinke, who liked the swagger of former Brewers catcher Jason Kendall. “He was great for our team. I’m assuming that he got some of his attitude from being in this organization.” Brewers GM Doug Melvin has made a bold statement with his off-season moves that now is the time for his team to not only compete but to win. “We’ve got three Opening Day starters in our rotation right now with Marcum, Greinke and Gallardo,” Melvin said. “You don’t make these kind of trades without having good, quality young players. We’re able to still put a team out there with every one of our starting players is under 30. Our top three starters are under 30. Our closer and setup guy are under 30. We’re still a very young team. We still have a lot of young, talented players.” To get Greinke Melvin traded shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi and former first-rounder Jeremy Jeffress for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash.

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