Los Angeles Angels Reportedly Join the Bidding for Zack Greinke

Zak SchmollAnalyst IJuly 11, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 02: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the game against the Miami Marlins at Miller Park on July 02, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have shown interest in chasing Zack Greinke, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Before the season began, few people would have believed that the Angels would be in need of more starting pitching. After all, they had Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Dan Haren and had just signed free agent C.J. Wilson. All four of these men had had strong careers, and that was expected to continue.

For some, it definitely did.

Weaver is having an incredible year, as he's 10-1 with a 1.96 ERA. Wilson has been very strong as well, at 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA.

Haren and Santana have struggled with elevated ERAs this season, which understandably results in less-than-desirable records of 6-8 and 4-9, respectively.

This is part of the reason why the Los Angeles Angels have been so disappointing this year. The offense hadn't been producing either, but ineffective starting pitching never helps.

The Milwaukee Brewers have not officially said that they are trading Greinke, but they are one of those borderline teams who need to decide whether they are in or out. If they are out, as an impending free agent, Greinke would obviously be on the market.

Greinke himself is having a very strong year, with a 9-3 record and a 3.32 ERA. He is also averaging exactly one strikeout per inning (111 of each).

Assuming that he is made available, there will surely be a lot of interest in the 28-year-old right-hander, but the Angels seem especially excited about this right now.


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