By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Astros are going for another World Series. They now have a stacked rotation.
The Astros acquired pitcher Zack Greinke on Wednesday before the trade deadline. In exchange, the Arizona Diamondbacks are receiving four prospects.
The prospects the Diamondbacks received are first baseman/outfielder Seth Beer, pitchers J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin. Infielder Josh Rojas was also included in the deal.
According to MLB Pipeline, Beer, Bukauskas, and Martin are now considered the Diamondbacks third, fourth, and fifth-best prospects.
Greinke is now tied to the Astros through the 2021 season. The 35-year-old is in the middle of his six-year, $206.5 million deal.
He also has $62.5 million in deferred money coming to him from 2022 through 2026. He will get installments of $12.5 million.
The Orlando, Florida native will be joining his sixth MLB team. Besides pitching for the Diamondbacks, he also pitched for the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
This season, the right-handed pitcher is 10-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 22 starts. He has allowed 46 runs (45 earned runs), including 14 home runs, on 115 hits over 141 innings. Greinke has also struck out 128 batters and walked 18.
With this addition, the Astros rotation is going to be stacked. Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole are the top two, while Greinke is expected to be third in the rotation and Wade Miley is expected to be fourth.
This is one of the deepest rotations in all of baseball. Maybe only the Los Angeles Dodgers can compare with their rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler.
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