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The Los Angeles Angels made their big move Friday, acquiring right-hander Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers.
At the time, the team also was exploring the trade market for relievers, according to major-league sources. But general manager Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Sunday that the Angels likely would make no further moves before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET.
“That’s pretty accurate,” Dipoto said. “If we’re to do anything else, it would come under the guise of ‘creative.’ We don’t want to dig any deeper into our system. That (the trade with the Brewers) was a painful give.
“I’ve had discussions internally and with other GMs about this. We have a 25-man roster we like. Anybody else we bring on will cost us somebody. (Beyond) the player-acquisition cost, we would have to move someone off the 25-man roster. There is not a lot of room to do that without losing someone who plays a key role on the club.”
The Angels are down to one left-handed reliever, Scott Downs, after sending Hisanori Takhashi to the minors on Saturday. But Dipoto said he is comfortable with his bullpen, which currently is without right-hander Jordan Walden (strained right biceps) but has benefited from the revival of righty Kevin Jepsen, who has pitched 9 1/3 scoreless innings since returning from the minors.
“It’s a good group,” Dipoto said. “We’ve got power arms, uniqueness, deception, a lefty, a nice mix. There aren’t a lot of names you would necessarily see on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But they’re pretty good.”
Greinke, 28, has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and Dipoto said the pitcher has been a favorite of his since 2003, when Dipoto began his front-office career as a scout with the Boston Red Sox.
“I saw him in the Carolina League when he was 19 years old, and I’ve been fascinated ever since,” Dipoto said.
“I said the other day that I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years. He’s got great feel that I just don’t think many people are born with. And he has had it since the first time I saw him.”
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On Friday night, the Angels landed the big prize of this trade deadline season, acquiring Zack Greinke from Milwaukee in exchange for shortstop Jean Segura and pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg. Given all that the Angels have invested in their current club, pushing the team forward with another big upgrade makes sense on paper. In fact, given that they’ve cut the Rangers lead...
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Two steps forward and two steps back…
After shutting out the Long Island Ducks for four innings last week, Scott Kazmir experienced a setback in his latest outing.
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Deal is done: Greinke to #Angels, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. @Ken_Rosenthal
#Brewers getting shortstop Jean Segura and two Double A pitchers from #Angels for Greinke. “Finishing touches” being applied. Deal is done. @Ken_Rosenthal
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Zack Greinke was outpitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels' debut, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Sunday.
Obtained Friday from Milwaukee, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings and struck out eight. Greinke (0-1) gave up an RBI single to Matt Joyce in the sixth and threw a run-scoring wild...
Zack Greinke was outpitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels' debut, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Sunday.
Obtained Friday from Milwaukee, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings and struck out eight. Greinke (0-1) gave up an RBI single to Matt Joyce in the sixth and threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh after...
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[caption id="attachment_15" align="alignleft" width="347"] The Greinke trade sends the Brewers and Angels in opposite directions.[/caption]
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