KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 12: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks from the bullpen prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals on June 12, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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.