Brewers get Angels’ top prospect, two pitchers for Greinke
The Zack Greinke era is over at Miller Park.
The Brewers traded the right-handed ace to the Angels on Friday for a trio of prospects — shortstop Jean Segura and Double-A right-handers Ariel Pena and John Hellweg, two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com.
It ended a Brewers tenure that lasted last than two seasons, a shorter stay than Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin envisioned when he traded a quartet of top prospects to the Royals for Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancort in December 2010. Greinke helped deliver the Brewers to the 2011 National League Championship Series, but was unable to find common ground with the team about a contract extension to extend his stay beyond 2012.
Once it was clear that Greinke intended to test free agency this fall, and that the Brewers would not defend their National League Central crown, Melvin began fielding offers.
The Rangers and Braves were among the other teams interested in Greinke that will now seek pitching elsewhere. The Rangers had serious interest, but balked at the Brewers’ demand for infielder Mike Olt, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.
In Segura, 22, the Brewers get the Angels’ top prospect, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic who has spent most of the season at Double-A Arkansas, batting .294 with seven home runs, 40 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 94 games. He made his Major League debut on Tuesday.
Pena, 23, was 6-6 with a 2.99 ERA in 19 starts at Arkansas, with 111 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings. Hellweg, 23, was 6-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 21 starts.
Hellweg was No. 7 on MLB.com’s preseason list of the Angels’ top prospects and Pena was No. 14. Segura was No. 44 on the list of the Top 100 preseason prospects in baseball and the seventh-best shortstop.
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