Friday, July 27, 2012
Zack Greinke lands with Angels
By Richard Durrett
Zack Greinke is off the market, but in the AL West. The Los Angeles Angels traded for Greinke today (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark confirms deal first reported by FoxSports.com), sending shortstop prospect Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers. You've got to think he'll slot into the rotation during the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers, right?
The Rangers likely weren't willing to part with some of their top prospects -- Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt -- and the Brewers took the best infield prospect they felt they could get, along with a couple of pitchers.
So now Cole Hamels and Greinke are no longer trade deadline options for the Rangers as the market gets narrower. Now that the Angels got Greinke, we'll see if this means the Rangers turn their attention to James Shields or Josh Johnson. Texas has shown interest in Shields and so did the Angels. The Miami Marlins, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick's report, are asking a high price for Johnson and aren't likely to trade him. We'll see if that changes closer to the deadline and if the Rangers are now more willing to sweeten the deal.
There are, of course, some other names that could be made available as the deadline gets closer. But if there's not a deal that makes sense on a starting pitcher, the club could look to fortify the bullpen and move Alexi Ogando into the rotation.