After breaking the bank this past off-season, the Los Angeles Angels will be looking to dip into the deep pockets of owner Arte Moreno once again, but this time it will be to lock up an ace: Zack Greinke.
According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (three twitter links), the Angels have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Zack Greinke -- who will be a free-agent at season's end -- from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three prospects: middle infielder Jean Segura and right-handed pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena.
For the Brewers, they became sellers and it became a foregone conclusion they would move their ace before the trade deadline. In return, the team received the Angels' No. 2 prospect (Jean Seugra), No. 4 (John Hellweg) and No. 9 (Ariel Pena), according to Baseball America's pre-season rankings.
On the other hand, the Angels used their farm system perfectly and traded a set of prospects they would have no use for at the big league level. Instead, they used their farm system to propel them into another level as a contender. They look to win a World Series this season and in the future. That isn't to say the return isn't good for Milwaukee, but we have two teams with totally different mind-sets of where their respective team stands.
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Brewers and the Texas Rangers also talked about a Greinke deal. The Brewers wanted Mike Olt from Texas, but the Rangers were unwilling to part with him. I would expect them to go hard after Marlins' No. 1 starter Josh Johnson.