My first reaction was that the Brewers gave away the farm to get Grienke. Well -- they almost literally did.
I still believe that Alcides Escobar will turn into an All-Star caliber player.
What's the over/under on how many games the Brewers win in 2015? Maybe 70?
I calculated the average WAR over past two seasons for the projected starters for the Cardinals, Brewers and Reds next season.
This trade unquestionably makes the Brewers a contender in the NL Central. That's not just beat writer talk. It doesn't make them the favorite, but it does put them right there.
I wonder if any of the excitement expressed by players like Ryan Braun and Corey Hart has anything to do with the departure of Escobar. I'm not saying he was disliked. I'm just pointing out that I haven't heard anyone in the Brewers organization say that they are sorry to be losing him or what a great teammate he was, like you often hear when a player is traded away.
When Ron Roenicke was hired we heard about what a great communicator he is with players. I wonder if this, or any experience he might have had in the past with other players with anxiety issues such as Grienke's, helped set Doug Melvin's mind at ease about making the trade. I would think that Grienke would find it much more comfortable playing for someone like Roenicke than someone aloof like Ken Macha.