Zack Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner, has joined the Los Angeles Angels, who sent three players to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange, Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said.
The 28-year-old right-hander is 9-3 with a 3.44 earned run average in 21 starts for the Brewers this season. Last year, he was 16-6 for Milwaukee, with his wins matching his career-high set with Kansas City in 2009 when he tallied 242 strikeouts.
“It should be fun. They are a great team,” Greinke said. “After the first month of the season, they have been one of the best teams in baseball. There is a lot of talent there, a lot of great players. The pitching staff will be pretty incredible.”
The Angels’ pitching rotation also includes All-Stars Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, and Dan Haren. The team (55-45) is in second place, four games behind the Texas Rangers in the four- team American League West division.
“We hope that this move will be not just a short-term gain, but one that’s good for the organization,” Dipoto said. “We’re excited to see what kind of a difference he can make.”
Under baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, the Angels will not receive draft-pick compensation if Greinke leaves as a free agent after the season ends.
Greinke owns a career Major League Baseball record of 85-76 with a 3.79 ERA in 259 games over nine seasons.
The Angels sent infielder Jean Segura, and right-handed pitchers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee.
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