With the MLB trade deadline looming, MLB rumors continue to swirl around Milwaukee Brewers starter Zack Greinke. It looks like the Los Angeles Angels will throw their hat in the mix to acquire Greinke prior to the July 31 deadline. A trade for Greinke hopes to give the Angels a much needed push to pass the Texas Rangers in the American League West division race.
Currently, the Angels are playing through a four-man pitching rotation headed by Jered Weaver and followed by Ervin Santana, C.J. Wilson and Brad Mills. A rotation with Greinke could give the Angels a dangerous first four pitching staff and bolster it even more after the Angels gave Wilson big money this past offseason.
Greinke has been having a good season in his second year with the Brewers. Greinke has recorded a 9-3 record and establishing a 3.32 ERA in a major league leading 19 starts this season. Greinke has also struck out 111 batters this season which ranks near the top 10 in baseball this season. A superb year for Greinke will earn him big money in free agency.
The problem for the Angels is deciding whether or not to keep Greinke if they do acquire him. The Angels already have an enormous payroll with Wilson and Albert Pujols on their roster. The only thing that is looking up for them is the club options they have on Dan Haren and Santana.
Greinke would be a huge asset if acquired by any team. Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun has said that he will lobby the front office to keep Greinke around since he feels the team is not out of the race for the playoffs just yet.
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