If you were at Tuesday night's Angels game against the Royals, you will be forever able to brag that you were Jean Segura's lone appearance as an Angel. The top infield prospect in the LAA farm system was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers along with two minor league pitchers - Ariel Pena and John Hellweg - to be named for All Star pitcher Zack Greinke, the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner.
Numerous reliable sources inspired PHI SLAMMA to FANSHOT it here on Halos Heaven and the media are all reporting it all over the internet, starting with SBN's MLB DAILY DISH with all arrows of breaking it pointing to Ken Rosenthal of the Rupert Murdoch Broadcast Empire, the man who first broke Albert Pujols to the Angels. Ken might have so many feathers in his cap soon that a few birds will be nesting in his bow tie, and yet he tweets a beak Morosi's way...
Zack Greinke is a free agent after this season. Segura is only 22 while Pena and Hellweg are highly rated prospects in a lowly rated minor league system, so the price may be steep for the Halos to pay in terms of WAR released in exchange for a dozen Greinke starts. But with Ervin Santana becoming the worst pitcher in baseball and the Garrett Richards - Jerome Williams experiment adding up to a league average sixth starter, something had to be done.
UPDATE: PHI SLAMMA reports that while I was frenetically writing this report, rumors of a contract extension for Greinke was in the works.
Donald Zachary Greinke made his major league debut on May 22, 2004. He was born on October 21, 1983 - so he is still in his prime at 28. He has recorded 122 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched this season. He led the National League last year with 10.9 K/9IP and is cruising this season with a 8.9 K/9 (for comparison, Jered Weaver has 6.9 K/9 this season). If he is to replace Santana in the rotation, his .512 HRs per 9 IP ratio rankis 4th lowest among National League pitchers. Nice.