Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has become a Los Angeles Angel. After an intense bidding war for his pitching services, the Milwaukee Brewers traded their ace to the Los Angeles Angels for three minor league prospects.
Greinke has been considered the best pitcher available prior to the end of the trade deadline next Tuesday. The Angels have been very aggressive of late including two huge free agent signings during the offseason. Last winter they signed pitcher C.J. Wilson and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols.
Greinke said that he was looking forward to meeting his new teammates and trying to help his team reach the playoffs and win a World Series title. He will join one of baseball’s best pitching rotations that already has the likes of Wilson, Dan Haren and Jered Weaver. On Friday, the Angels started the day just five games behind first place Texas, but were very much in the race for a wildcard playoff spot.
The Brewers, in exchange for Greinke, received Jean Segura a rookie shortstop, and two pitching prospects in Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena. The bidding war, says Milwaukee Brewers general managers Doug Melvin, started with five clubs and then was narrowed down to just two. Melvin said that two very good offers were on the table and the team had to choose one. In the end, they opted for the Angels offer.
Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009 and this year is 9-3 with an ERA of 3.44 in 21 starts. He will be eligible for free agency following the conclusion of this year’s World Series in October.