Angels Acquire Zack Greinke

One of the trade deadline's major chips has switched teams, as the Angels have acquired Zack Greinke in a trade with the Brewers.  Milwaukee will receive top infield prospect Jean Segura and Double-A right-handers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg in exchange for their ace.

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Greinke returns to the American League after spending the last season and a half with the Brewers.  The right-hander lived up to expectations in Milwaukee, posting a 3.67 ERA and a 9.9 K/9 rate in 49 starts with the team and playing a major role in the Brewers' charge to the NLCS last season.  Still, the Brewers are undoubtedly disappointed to be moving their ace less than 20 months after acquiring him from the Royals for a major prospect haul that included Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress, though they were able to recoup some of that minor league depth back in this deal.

Segura was rated as the 55th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America headed into this season and the shortstop put up solid numbers at Double-A Arkansas, hitting .294/.346/.404.  Segura also made his Major League debut on July 24 as the Angels called him up as depth for the injured Erick Aybar.  With Mike Trout and Garrett Richards now in the majors, Segura was considered to be the top prospect remaining in the Halos' system.  The 22-year-old has been considered by some teams to be best suited for second base, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, though for now Segura fills the shortstop void left behind by Escobar in the Brewers' system.

Pena, 23, has a 3.37 ERA, an 8.9 K/9 rate and a 2.2 K/BB rate in 111 games (103 of them starts) over six seasons in the Angels' system.  Hellweg, also 23, was a 16th-round pick for the Angels in the 2008 amateur draft.  He has a 3.66 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate in 127 minor league games (38 starts) though control has been an issue, as Hellweg has a career 6.4 BB/9 rate.

Pitching wasn't expected to be a need position for the Halos going into the season, but with Dan Haren and Ervin Santana struggling, the team was in need of another big arm.  Greinke is a free agent this winter and the Angels are in a good payroll position to keep him; Los Angeles could decline its $15.5MM and $13MM options on Haren and Santana, respectively, plus Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu's contracts will be off the books after this season.

The Angels not only upgrade themselves by acquiring Greinke, they also deal a blow to their AL West rivals — the Rangers were one of several teams in the mix for Greinke.  With one major arm removed from the trade market, teams like the Rangers, Braves, White Sox or Dodgers could now their attention to other possibly available aces like James Shields or Josh Johnson.

Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter) broke the news that Greinke was going to Anaheim, as well as the news about which prospects would be going back to Milwaukee.

Photo courtesy of Frank Victores/US Presswire.


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292 Comments on "Angels Acquire Zack Greinke"


Tyler Sekula
3 years 1 month ago

Deal is done.Ken_Rosenthal
Deal is done: Greinke to #Angels, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.
7/27/12 7:20 PM

3 years 1 month ago

Gotta be Segura, really curious who else?

rainyperez
3 years 1 month ago

You are right and two AA pitchers.

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

nm

leachim2
3 years 1 month ago

My frequent refreshing has paid off!

3 years 1 month ago

haha bout to say the same thing, should be studying, but sorry dental school, the Angels could be making moves!

LIMetfan22
3 years 1 month ago

have fun with those debts LOL

Jason Golledge
3 years 1 month ago

hey paying back debts is better than never having any money because you only make 10 bucks a hour.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

this is one of the best comments ever

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Who even wants to be a dentist (except former Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg)

Crucisnh
3 years 1 month ago

Good Red Sox alum reference!

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

What, you think I just crawled out of the Green Monster yesterday? 😉

(Fun fact for everyone else: All Red Sox fans emerge from the Green Monster we are not born of woman.)

Jason Golledge
3 years 1 month ago

I hope some people do. otherwise who would take care of our teeth!!!

fitz
3 years 1 month ago

In my mind they were already WS favorites. Now they are really heavy favorites!

itsmewade
3 years 1 month ago

Who, the barely second place Angels?

fitz
3 years 1 month ago

Perhaps you should check out their lineup and rotation. Nasty.

itsmewade
3 years 1 month ago

Imagine if they still traded for Shields…

MadmanTX
3 years 1 month ago

Maybe you should triple check–old and not getting any younger. And still in 2nd place.

Robb Logan
3 years 1 month ago

Sounds like a bitter rangers fan with hamilton not being able to hit water while falling out of a boat at the moment.

This in no way guarantees anything but it makes the Angels that much more difficult to face down the stretch.

3 years 1 month ago

Bring it.

corey23
3 years 1 month ago

oh nasty rotation, like best ERA in the american league? oh wait no that’s not you.

Jason Golledge
3 years 1 month ago

most wins in the AL? neither team but the angels have one more than you. So before you go touting your teams era you might want to tell your team to win more games.

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

That climbed there from last place

itsmewade
3 years 1 month ago

After 10 games into the season

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Mannnn, I wish my team could do that :<

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

If they had they might be trading their future for short term gain right now.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

It really depends on a) if they can sign Greinke long-term and b) if I’m wrong about Greinke tanking in the AL

Jason Golledge
3 years 1 month ago

oh you mean the angels who are winning the season series against the rangers. come on you started off hot we started terrible and are still only 5 games behind. Plus ll to the a’s fan so many walk off victories lately you really think you are going to keep that up for the rest of the season?

itsmewade
3 years 1 month ago

We can’t walk off in Baltimore, but tonight would have been another one. That’s why there are 27 outs. Whether you win on the first pitch or the last, it’s still a win.

XxMadDogxX
3 years 1 month ago

About time, Melvin! You had better at LEAST get Segura from them!

3 years 1 month ago

Only way this trade was possible is with segura involved. I was just hoping Melvin didn’t bite on thw Bourjos bait.

XxMadDogxX
3 years 1 month ago

I still would have rather had Olt (Rangers) but I’m not about to complain about Segura. They needed a SS badly.

3 years 1 month ago

I would too, But SS is a higher position of need for the Brewers, might turn out pretty well as soon as we find out who those pitchers are. If it were Olt it would have been Olt and nothing else.

VegasANGELSFan
3 years 1 month ago

As an Angels fan I am glad we kept Bourjos over Segura, so we are both happy :)

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

Uh Oh!

Patrick Tuck
3 years 1 month ago

Good job Braves! Damn it.

CowboyJames
3 years 1 month ago

It’s actually a great job Braves, no sarcasm

3 years 1 month ago

Bourjos better not be the centerpiece.

Andy_B
3 years 1 month ago

Brewers have a CFer, two of them.

Jamespfunk
3 years 1 month ago

Segura will be the centerpiece he’s the Angels top overall prospect.

LazerTown
3 years 1 month ago

The West has gotten ugly.

EdinsonPickle
3 years 1 month ago

Shut the front door!

Andy_B
3 years 1 month ago

doesn’t seem like a particularly big haul, but I guess we’ll see who the pitchers are.

3 years 1 month ago

One of them has to be Hellweg I would think.

3 years 1 month ago

How are these teams getting big time players without gutting their farm systems?

kevmill21
3 years 1 month ago

the angels system is beyond gutted now, it was weak before, totally worth it however, if they make the DS round, forget about it

Nicholas
3 years 1 month ago

I know man, it’s ridiculous. Segura is a starting middle infielder at the next level but hardly an impact player. Light on the stick.

3 years 1 month ago

Ugh, time for the Rangers to top this move with Josh Johnson, if not, then go get Shields.

StanleyPujols
3 years 1 month ago

It’s over folks. Crown ’em.

DT Flush234
3 years 1 month ago

Betting Ariel Pena is one of the two pitchers from Double A.

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

Hellweg probably the other

3 years 1 month ago

So much for sending Chipper out a winner

Alex Mednick
3 years 1 month ago

wow!

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, kind of surprised to see Just Greinke for pieces since he’ll leave scot-free after the season. Unless the Angels are hoping to sign him?

3 years 1 month ago

he’s said that he really respects the angels franchise and would be open to an extension there

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

Of course they will and from all accounts Greinke has respect for the Angels and likes the area, I expect they will get him a 5-6 year deal.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

“Of course” is a pretty strong sentiment considering they JUST acquired him. Though since it’s Dipoto now and not Reagins they can probably manage it.

sdsuphilip
3 years 1 month ago

They wouldn’t have traded for him if they thought they wouldn’t have chance to sign him.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Obviously. But that doesn’t mean it’s a predetermined fact.

hossmandu
3 years 1 month ago

A $3Billion TV deal provides some flexibility.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, that’ll help xD

3 years 1 month ago

The two AA pitchers are being reported as John Hellweg and Ariel Pena, which sounds about right.

It’s tough to part with those two guys, but this NEEDED to get done. I really like the Angels chances!

3 years 1 month ago

Rangers need to land Johnson at this point.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

For real. my Rangers fan friend is FREAKING OUT right now.

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Rangers trade the farm for Matt Garza. Oh sorry, I just woke up from a wonderful dream.

Karkat
3 years 1 month ago

I’m pretty sure my friend would even authorize that xD And honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to see them overpay this weekend.

vinh
3 years 1 month ago

scared huh? Angels are coming for that AL WEST TITLE!