Another huge trade went down right before the trade deadline! The Braves weren’t the only team to land big by the deadline.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had agreed to trade ace starting pitcher Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros for four prospects. The four prospects heading to Arizona are right-hander J.B. Bukauskus, right-hander Corbin Martin, first baseman Seth Beer (great name by the way), and infielder Josh Rojas. Meanwhile, the Astros may have just become the strong World Series favorites.
Houston’s Rotation Was Already Great…Now it’s the Best in Baseball
Greinke is having a great season thus far, posting a 10-4 record with a 2.87 era and 128 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched. Now he joins an already strong starting rotation that includes Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Wade Miley. Add Greinke to all of that and no one will want to face that rotation in the playoffs, are you freaking kidding me? I can tell you Verlander is excited for his new pitching pal’s arrival…
The Diamondbacks contemplated trading starting pitcher Robbie Ray as well, but they hung on to him as a deal could not be made. As a replacement for Greinke, the D-Backs traded with the Seattle Mariners to receive starting pitcher Mike Leake – a much cheaper option. But there is no question Arizona’s rotation, at least for now, takes a couple steps backward with the loss of Greinke.
It is also worth noting that Astros starting pitcher Gerritt Cole will be a free agent after this season. So Greinke could potentially be insurance for the Houston rotation in case Cole decided to walk in free agency.
The Astros Could Be The Team to Beat Now
The acquisition of Greinke does more than just put the Astros in serious contention for the World Series. It makes them the absolute strong favorites to win their second World Series in three seasons.
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