Since 2000, no team in baseball sat on the sidelines during the July trading frenzy more than the Los Angeles Angels. The majors' midseason wallflowers made only 11 trades in those 12 years, the fewest deadline deals of anyone. Those days officially are over. These are not your big brother's Angels. First year general manager Jerry DiPoto, fresh off his winter of huge acquisitions, pulled off another aggressive move Friday in getting Zack Greinke, the prize of the trading deadline period.
Greinke is 28, a former Cy Young Award winner and 25-9 the past two years. The Angels were willing to pay a stiff price to get him. They are renting Greinke from Milwaukee at the cost of three young players and $5.3 million to make about 12 starts -- more if the plan pays off with postseason play. Asked about any chance to keep Greinke beyond this year, DiPoto said, "We'll cross that bridge when we get there. For the time being, we're excited about adding a talent like Zack Greinke."
Angels buck their past deadline tendencies with move for Greinke
SI.com | Jul 29