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Trade that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee paved Royals' road back to playoffs

Zach Greinke
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They talk about the trade every day.

The Royals' success is introducing them to a new and much bigger audience, so there are a hundred stories being retold to people who never paid much attention before. That means Alex Gordon's bumpy road to stardom. Salvador Perez's emergence as the American League's premier catcher. Yordano Ventura and his 102 mph fastball.

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And, every day, questions about the trade.

It is talked about enough that we should probably call it The Trade, capital letters, and the impact of acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis is obvious to anyone who watches this team. It is not a coincidence that the Royals have had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the strike in the two seasons they've had Shields and Davis, so it makes plain sense to present the Royals to a bigger audience through the lens of The Trade.

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Thing is, we may be talking about the wrong trade.

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