Diamondbacks Trade Ace Zack Greinke to Astros

Liam McKeone

The Houston Astros were already considered one of the best teams in the American League heading into the trade deadline. Then they made a few moves that might vault them into position as the team to beat. The biggest of these moves was landing Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greinke has had a solid year thus far, and will fit in fine with a rotation that already features a true ace in Justin Verlander, a good pitcher in Gerrit Cole and another pair of deadline acquisitions in Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini (who may work out of the bullpen). Here’s what they sent Arizona:

Greinke’s presence gives Houston a rotation that rivals any other in the A.L. He’s 10-4 with a 2.87 ERA this year. Greinke’s biggest issues are his massive contract (he’ll be making north of $30 million the next two years) and his notable playoff struggles. The Astros clearly hope having Greinke as a secondary option instead of the No. 1 guy will allow him to flourish. Their extremely dangerous offense will no doubt help matters as well.

This Astros team is hungry for another World Series title.