Zack Greinke traded to Angels for three players
ANAHEIM, Calif- Zack Greinke has been traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg.
"We're going to keep (Segura) at shortstop because we have a need there and he has the ability to play there," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "At some point he may go to second base."
Melvin said that all three players will be sent down to Double-A Huntsville, after the deal was announced Friday night.
By landing Greinke, Los Angeles acquired perhaps the most prized pitcher available before Tuesday's trade deadline. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee this season.
"Gonna miss my time here (in Milwaukee), it was a lot of fun," said Greinke shortly after the trade was announced.
Greinke told reporters this trade was a "business decision."
"That's just how baseball is...hopefully the guys they got for me end up helping out," said Greinke.
For Melvin, he said trading Greinke wasn't an easy decision. "It was a tough one because I'm very fond of Zack (Greinke) not only as a player, but as a person."
The 28-year-old right-hander can become a free agent after the World Series.
To make room on the 40-man roster for the three additions, the team designated infielder Edwin Maysonet and outfielder Brock Kjeldgaard for assignment.