The Kansas City Royals have traded former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers, according the multiple reports Sunday morning.
The Royals sent Greinke and veteran shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee for outfielder Lorenzo Cain, shortstop Alcides Escobar, right-handed pitching prospect Jake Odirizzi and a player to be named later, according to reports.
Greinke was a possible option for the Yankees after Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies last week. Greinke is 60-67 with a 3.82 ERA in six full seasons with the Royals after being drafted No. 6 overall in 2002.
The Yankees will now hope Andy Pettitte pushes retirement off for one more year to return to the Bronx. The rest of the free agent pitching class is thought to be very weak. Pulling off a trade for someone like Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza or Chicago’s Edwin Jackson is not out of the realm of possibility.