Los Angeles Angels Trade For Zach Greinke. Does This Punch Their Ticket To The World Series???
Aggressive over the winter, when they spent big for Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels struck again at the trading deadline on Friday, reportedly acquiring right-hander Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers.
First reported by Fox Sports, the Angels were to send infielder Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers to the Brewers for Greinke, the best pitcher available at the deadline. Due to become a free agent after the season, Greinke was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers. He was the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2009 and twice has won as many as 16 games.
Greinke resisted a contract extension, believed to be for $100 million over five seasons, and therefore became expendable for the fading Brewers, who have lost seven consecutive games.
Segura, one of the Angels’ top prospects, was called up when shortstop Erick Aybar was injured. He played in one game.
In a season they expected to challenge the Texas Rangers in the AL West, the Angels have found themselves short on starting pitching. Ervin Santana has a 6.00 ERA, Dan Haren has endured back pain and spent time on the disabled list, and the fifth place in the rotation has bounced between rookie Garrett Richards and journeyman Jerome Williams.
When Cole Hamels signed this week with the Philadelphia Phillies for $144 million over five years, the contract impacted Greinke in two ways. First, it became clear the Brewers could not afford him if Greinke sought full market value. Second, Greinke became the most notable starting pitcher on the market. Also, it could have allowed Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to play the Angels off the Rangers, who also were in the market for a starting pitcher.
Greinke was due to pitch again Sunday, leading to speculation he would be traded before then. He has pitched once since July 13, when he was shut down for a full start to recover from fatigue.
In his final start for the Brewers, Greinke allowed three hits and one run over seven innings to the Phillies.