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The Los Angeles Angels have staked their claim on one of the AL playoff spots by acquiring ace pitcher Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league shortstop Jean Segura and minor league pitchers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg. Brewers GM Doug Melvin announced on Thursday that Greinke would be dealt before the deadline and he wasted no time in getting a deal done for the star right-hander. The Brewers had hoped they could agree on a long-term contract extension, but the relationship between the pitcher and the team broke down in the intervening months. Things came to a head when the Brewers set a modern day record by giving Greinke the start in three consecutive games. The move was made possible when Greinke was ejected in the first inning of a game in Houston. He started the next game and then the first game after the all-star break. It became clear that the club was showcasing him for scouts. As for Greinke, no one can say for sure how much he knows about complex statistics, but those statistics show this to be a great move for him. He never seemed interested in a long-term deal with the club and a large part of that could be attributed to shoddy infield defense. His xFIP in 2011 was a sparkling 2.56 (best in the NL), and his xFIP this season has been 2.79. Both were considerably better than his ERA which means he wasn’t getting that support. He goes from a team with terrible infield defense to very good infield defense. So, for the Angels, they are getting a pitcher that rates somewhere between Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. That makes Dan Haren the best fourth starter in baseball. The Angels have been trying to find takers for Ervin Santana and Vernon Wells and now that search might occur more in earnest. Jerome Williams appears to have solidified the fifth starter spot. Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said they were likely finished, but they still have Peter Bourjos as a trading chip and could easily add more depth to their pen. As for the Brewers, they brought in quite a haul for Greinke that nearly equaled the package they sent out for Greinke in the first place. Two years ago, they dealt Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorizzi, and Jeremy Jeffress. Escobar and Cain have become regulars in Kansas City while those pitchers have seen some action, but haven’t stuck yet. The Brewers get back a top notch shortstop prospect in Jean Segura (see my shortstop prospect rankings). They get two talented arms in Pena and Hellweg. So, the only position they didn’t cover was center field and they have Carlos Gomez and Nyjer Morgan to cover that position. In particular, getting Segura was a nice haul for them since Alex Gonzalez went down with a torn ACL. They have been playing a collection of also rans at the position and have suffered a great deal. Of course, the question will be how long it will take for the three AA prospects to be ready for the big leagues. Still, they went for broke in 2011 and made it to the NLCS. That kind of chance is well worth the cost of Lorenzo Cain.

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