MLB Trade Deadline Winners, Losers: Astros Land Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke

MLB World Series Power Rankings Following the Trade Deadline

MLB World Series Power Rankings Following the Trade Deadline

Winning a World Series would be the biggest achievement of Greinke's remarkable career, which includes an AL Cy Young Award in 2009, five Gold Gloves, six All-Star Game appearances, a Silver Slugger award in 2013 and twice leading all of baseball in ERA.

"I know he's an Astro, " Hinch said. "That would be great". "I wasn't sure it was going to happen".

Until the Greinke story broke, deadline day was a dud.

When the starting pitching market stalled for Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, the Astros acquired a starter who was pitching less than two hours earlier in a city over 1,600 miles away. They have a trio of aces plus the underrated Wade Miley to toe the rubber in October, giving them a rotation that's even better than the one they ran with in 2018.

NL East arms race - The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals both did what they could to improve their shaky relief corps for the final stretch of the season on Wednesday.

-The Los Angeles Dodgers also made two moves, first acquiring infielder Jedd Gyorko, worldwide cap space and cash considerations from St. Louis in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani and right-handed pitcher Jeffry Abreu.

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Houston, while the Red Sox, Yankees and Twins were passive, made a move that changes the balance of the American League. He was pulled from the game during a rain delay, and manager Torey Lovullo interrupted Greinke watching video of the start so Hazen could inform him of the deal. Arizona will receive four prospects, including right-handers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, first baseman/outfielder Seth Beer, and utility man Josh Rojas.

The Astros also added right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini in a trade with the Blue Jays.

In 2017, the Astros traded for Cy Young Award victor Justin Verlander and they won the World Series. 3, 4 and 5 prospects according to MLB.com's rankings. This could be a backup plan in case they are unable to re-sign impending free agent Gerrit Cole. The Texas Rangers also had a quiet deadline as they chose not to move veterans such as Hunter Pence, Mike Minor & Shawn Kelley.

And although the Indians, who have only 54 home runs from right-handed hitters, added much-needed pop in Puig and Reyes, who have combined for 49 home runs, they're relying heavily on the return of sidelined starters Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco to remain in contention. The Astros take the top spot at 2-to-1 odds. "And I think we have a rotation that's set up to compete in any series against any team for the rest of this year".

Not for the Astros, who tapped into what seemed like a barren starting pitching market and came away with their second Cy Young Award victor in three years.

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