The Brewers have traded right-hander Zack Greinke to the L.A Angels for shortstop Jean Segura and 2 Double-A pitchers.
Greinke, a free agent after this season, is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA this year.
“It should be fun. They are a good team,” Greinke announced in Milwaukee after the agreement was finished. “After the 1st month of the season, they’ve been one of the greatest teams in baseball. There is a lot of talent there, a lot of good players. The pitching staff will be pretty awesome.”
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Segura, the Angels’ top position-player prospect, together with Double-A pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena. The move further depletes an Angels’ farm system that was already thin in top-level prospects.
“It shows you that we’re attempting to win this thing,” Angels right fielder Torii Hunter said. “We’re trying to win the division, not anything else. We’re making an attempt to take this division over, take the crown away from the Rangers.”
The trade grants the L.A Angels to upgrade at their most vulnerable position, starting pitching, while holding on to young major leaguers Peter Bourjos and Garrett Richards, both of whom were rumored to be parts of deals in the last one or two weeks.
Before the trade was completed, Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia indicated the Angels had a real need for pitching. Ervin Santana is 4-10 with a 6.00 ERA and Dan Haren (7-8, 4.76 ERA) missed nearly 3 weeks with lower-back inflammation.
“No matter how deep your rotation is or how deep your bullpen is, the heart beat of your club is your rotation and the bullpen must be able to hold leads,” Scioscia announced. “So, if you can acquire depth there, you are always looking to do it.”
One source with understanding of Angels’ GM Jerry Dipoto’s thinking speculated that the L.A Angels might feel they’ve got a good shot at re-signing Greinke this offseason. They will owe him $5.15 million for what’s left of this season. Dipoto declared he’s not initiated conversations about a contract extension with Greinke.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. For the time being, we’re excited to acquire a player of Zack’s caliber,” he announced. “We’re excited to see him get out there and see what kind of difference he will make for the 2012 Angels. We’ll fret about the rest later.”
Dipoto said the Angels likely won’t make any further trades before Tuesday’s cut-off point. Under previous GM Tony Reagins, the Angels were quiet at the cut-off point last season while watching the Rangers acquired relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.
Dipoto has proved active in his 1st season on the job, landing free agents Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and LaTroy Hawkins for a total of roughly $330 million over the winter. NFL betting lines
Then, when the Angels’ bullpen was fighting badly in early May, he landed reliever Ernesto Friero from the San Diego Padres in return for infielder Alexi Amarista and minor-league pitcher Donn Roach.
Friero quickly established himself as the Angels’ closer, going 11 for 11 in save chances and striking out 51 batters in 29 1/3 innings entering Friday.