December 19, 2010
Why Isn't Anyone Writing About Yuniesky Betancourt Being Traded To The Brewers?
The Royals sent out an e-mail this afternoon confirming to Royals Nation that Zack Greinke was really traded to the Brewers. Now I personally love the trade. I'm a huge Greinke fan and really the only other team I would rather seem him pitch for would be the Twins. But for any true Royals fan this is the equivalent of trading George Brett at his prime. All their advertisements are Zack centered. If you were casually planning to attend a Royals game, you always try to figure out when Zack was pitching and go to that game. I wish I had the patience to figure out how much of an attendance bump the Royals got when Zack pitched. I wouldn't be surprised it is was 10,000-15,000 more.
Here's the e-mail they sent:
"Royals trade Greinke to Brewers
The Royals acquired a package of prospects from the Brewers on Sunday in exchange for right-hander Zack Greinke, Yuniesky Betancourt and cash. The group of players coming to Kansas City includes shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right-hander Jeremy Jeffress and right-handed top pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi. Escobar, played his first full Major League season with the Brewers, hit .235 (119-for-506) with 14 doubles, 10 triples, four home runs, 41 RBI and 57 runs scored. "
I can just hear the conversation going on the front office:
"Okay, we've just traded the face of our franchise. Let's send an e-mail telling our fans that we got Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun in return..........wait, we didn't get one of them from the Brewers? We got four prosepects that probably won't help us at all next season? How the hell are we going to sell that to ticket holders? Well, let's start by letting everyone know that Alcides Escobar hit .235 last season."
Maybe they should have titled the e-mail, "Yuniesky Betancourt traded for four prospects."