Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Acquire Starting Pitcher Zack Greinke From Milwaukee Brewers

By Bryn Swartz

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have traded for former Cy Young winning pitcher Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Rosenthal writes that the deal is done but finishing touches are being applied.

The Brewers, who are struggling through a season that has them 10 games under .500, received prospect shortstop Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers in return.

Greinke immediately became the most coveted pitcher for the July 31st trade deadline after the Philadelphia Phillies locked up Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million contract extension.

Greinke will provide stability to an Angels’ rotation that has just two trustworthy starters: CJ Wilson (9-6, 2.89 in 21 starts) and Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26 in 18 starts).

The rest of the rotation has been shaky. Dan Haren is just 7-8 with a 4.76 earned run average in 18 starts, Ervin Santana is 4-10 with a 6.00 earned run average in 19 starts, and Jerome Williams is 6-7 with a 4.65 earned run average in 14 starts.

Greinke is 9-3 with a 3.21 earned run average in 21 starts this season. He’s pitched 123 innings and recorded 122 strikeouts. He will probably become the third starter for the Angels, and I would predict that Williams is taken out of the rotation.

The move for Greinke is the latest by the Angels in an attempt to move past the first-place Texas Rangers in the American League West. They’re currently 54-45, five games behind the Rangers.

Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young winner, hopes to become the latest pitcher to make a big difference in a contending team down the stretch, a la CC Sabathia for the 2008 Milwaukee Brewers, and Cliff Lee for the 2009 Phillies and 2010 Rangers.

This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.

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