The Kansas City Royals are once again in rebuilding mode but did they ever really leave it over the past ten years? They recently traded away the only player with significant relevance in fantasy baseball in former CY Young Winner, Zack Greinke. Greinke, along with Yuniesky Betancourt, were traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and two pitching prospects.
The Brewers are setting up to be one of the top teams in the National League next year with the addition of Greinke and Shawn Marcum to a lineup with players like Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Corey Hart. This year will be his first year being on a team who has a realistic shot at the playoffs and it will be interesting to see which Greinke shows up next year, the one who won the Cy Young in 2009 or the pitcher with an ERA over 4 and 14 losses.
Zack Greinke should be a pitcher that you target as you prepare for the upcoming season as he will return to being a top pitcher in the league. For the first time in his career he will be on a team that will be able to provide him consistent run support. If he wasn’t in a league with top tier pitchers like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum, he could be considered a Cy Young contender but you should be able to expect 13-18 wins next season with an ERA around 3. He should be a great bargain after that group of top tier pitchers is gone.
Looking at the other pieces in this trade, Betancourt and Escobar seem to be in the same situation being shortstops who haven’t reached their potential. Yuniesky Betantcourt has been in the majors since 2005 playing for Seattle and Kansas City and really hasn’t done much of note but goes to a situation where he could be a late round sleeper. He is stepping into a potent offense on a team that doesn’t have many other options at shortstop. If he does turn it around next season, he is a guy who will hit for average and get you runs but not much else.
Alcides Escobar is another player who has not reached his potential but has only played one full season in the majors. However, he is going to a team that is rebuilding and really doesn’t have much offensive fire power around him. Keep an eye on him as the season progresses as if he does turn it around he will be a guy who will hit for average and steals if Kansas City lets him loose on the basepaths. Lorenzo Cain is probably the most talented behind Greinke in this trade, but doesn’t have much value this year and should only be considered in dynasty leagues or if a Royals outfielder goes down with injury, as he will be playing behind Melky Cabrera.
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