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Angels trade for Zach Greinke

The Los Angeles Angels traded three prospects to Milwaukee for 2009 Cy Young Award winner Zach Greinke.

Just like in the offseason when they landed Albert Pujols the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim landed the big prize before the trade deadline when they sent three prospects to Milwaukee for hurler Zack Greinke.

Trailing the Texas Rangers by only four games the Angeles are not out of the race for the AL West crown but even if they cannot over take the back-to-back AL Pennant winner they are still in great position to make the playoffs as they are tied with the Oakland Athletics with a 1.5 game lead for one of the two wild card spots.

Los Angeles already has three aces on their staff with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Dan Haren but after those three the four and five pitchers have been shaky at best and Ervin Santana has just been a disaster this season with a 4-10 record and 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances. Despite being a Cy Young Award winner Greinke probably will not be the Angels top starter but he does give them another ace on their staff and may make Jerome Williams one of the best fifth starters in the league.

When Greinke won the Cy Young in 2009 Greinke has gone away from being purely a fastball/slider pitcher and not mixes things up with a huge repertoire of pitchers with more cutters and breaking balls.

After starting his career with the Kansas City Royals Greinke went to Milwaukee in 2011 and has gone 25-9 since but being 14 games back in their division and 10 games out of the NL Wild Cart the Brewers decided that the man who rejected their $100 million extension so he can test the free agent market this offseason was expendable. This season Greinke is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA, which lowest since winning the Cy Young.

In order to get Greinke the Angeles shipped three of their top prospects to Milwaukee, including infielder Jean Segura, right-handed starters John Hellweg and Ariel Pena.

Segura was ranked as the Angeles No. 2 prospect and 44th overall after hitting .294 with seven home runs and 33 steals in 94 games at Double-A Arkansas this season. Meanwhile, Hellweg, who was ranked as the Angeles No. 4 prospect and 88th overall, was 5-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 21 appearances in Double-A and Ariel Pena, Los Angeles’ 10th ranked prospect was 6-6 with a 2.99 ERA in Double-A with hitters averaging only .222 against him.

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