RHP Zack Greinke is on his way to the LA Angels
Since the Ryan Dempster deal that almost was fell apart, fans have been waiting anxiously to see if the Braves will be able to pull off deal to bolster their shaky starting rotation before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. And the man atop the wishlist of everyone in Atlanta (fans and team officials alike) was Brewers’ ace Zack Greinke. But alas, it is not to be. Geinke’s on his way to the LA Angels.
Had the Braves won the Greinke sweepstakes, there’s no doubt he would have made Atlanta’s rotation markedly better. The former American League CY Young winner would have matched up favorably against any ace the Braves may encounter in the postseason, if they make it that far.
But for any general manger, exploring an impact trade is always a balancing act, if not a tug of war, between the pressure to win now and his responsibility to think about the team’s long-term success. Budget-conscious teams, like the Braves, are especially relian...