Well I guess it was inevitable. You guys know where I stood on a possible Greinke trade but that is now a moot viewpoint, the deed has been done. The Royals received SS Alcides Escobar, OF Lorenzo Cain, SP Jake Odorizzi, and RP Jeremy Jeffress.
Odorizzi is the only one not ML ready, Kevin Goldstein has him as the 9th best prospect in the Royals system but notes that he's easily top 3 in most systems (He also has Jeffress 8th). He's just 20 years old and has #2 starter upside.
Escobar had a disappointing first full season (.235/.288/.326/67 OPS+) but the upside is still there as he's only 24 years old. In his one season at AAA, in 2009, he hit .298/.353/.409 with 42 stolen bases.
Jeffress is right handed relief pitcher that can touch triple digits. His inclusion in the deal makes me feel better about the trade. With Soria, Tejeda, Collins, and now Jeffress the Royals have the makings of a dominant relief corps.
Cain is a center fielder (of course) that hit .306/.348/.425 in 158 PA's for the Brewers last season. If Cabrera's signing was pointless before this trade it's even more bewildering after. How the outfield situation shakes out will be one of the more intriguing storylines in spring training.
In my opinion it appears Dayton Moore did okay, actually more than okay since he was able to send Betancourt to Milwaukee too. Since KC didn't receive a starting pitcher ready to step in it appears Hochevar will be the opening day starter by default (unless Yost elects to flip a coin or something). 2011 is going to be one rough ride.