With the July 31 MLB trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, it's time to look at the pitchers who will shine brightest for their new teams.
Many shopped talents have departed from selling organizations to join contenders. The change in scenery provides cast-offs with a new outlook. Sometimes, that's all a ballplayer needs.
Here are three pitchers will find their greatest success in a different venue.
Los Angeles Angels' Pitcher Zack Greinke
On July 27, the Milwaukee Brewers traded starting hurler Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
By leaving the sub-.500 Brew Crew for the playoff-bound Angels, Greinke will be starting meaningful games for the first time in months. Even on an under-performing Milwaukee team, the 28-year-old was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA.
Now on a staff with the likes of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Dan Haren, the pressure won't all be on Greinke.
Texas Rangers' Pitcher Ryan Dempster
Dempster was dealing for the Cubs, despite the second-worst run production of any team in the majors, via ESPN.com.
With the Rangers, the 35-year-old's 2.25 ERA will be backed up by one of the league's most feared lineups.
Pittsburgh Pirates' Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez
On July 25, the Houston Astros packaged starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor league, left-handed pitchers and outfielder Robbie Grossman, via Dayn Perry of CBSSports.com.
By leaving a 35-70 Astros team behind, Rodriguez will be in a better place to excel. On the season, the 33-year-old lefty has posted a 3.79 ERA and a 7-9 record. It's the first time he's played in the majors for a team other than Houston—he should make the best of it.
On a young and exciting Pirates squad, Rodriguez should find his niche early. And Pittsburgh could certainly use another dependable arm.
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