"The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have reached a preliminary agreement that would send shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress to the Royals in exchange for the 2009 AL Cy Young award winner, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and $2 million."
I certainly did not see this coming. What does everyone else think about the trade? It obviously does not help the Reds' chances at a repeating a division title, but the Brewers have to make up fourteen games from last year. The Reds are probably going to lose some of that advantage to regression, but Greinke still is not going to make up the difference.
EDIT: The Shaun Marcum trade slipped my mind early this morning. These two key acquisitions are going to make for a very interesting division race.
Also, as stated in the comments, Fangraphs is now reporting that the Royals are receiving pitcher Jake Odorizzi. In addition, the trade may or may not include Jeremy Jeffress.