Thank you Greinke…
— Zach Larson (@zachlarson_7) July 31, 2019
That’s right folks… The Diamondbacks best starting pitcher has been traded away to the Houston Astros.
He will join a superstar starting pitcher lineup in Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley (also a former D-back).
Arizona, in return, got 1B/OF Seth Beer, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, RHP Corbin Martin and UTL Joshua Rojas. All farm league prospects of Houston.
According to Baseball America, all four players are on the top-20 prospect list for the 2019 season.
They also left $53 million for Houston to pay on Greinke’s expiring contract.
This wasn’t the only player they dealt, as C John Ryan Murphy got dealt to the Atlanta Braves for cash, and SS Jazz Chisholm, their number 1 prospect. They received the Miami Marlins’ number 5 prospect in RHP Zac Gallen.
With the blockbuster Greinke trade, The Houston Astros became the lone favorites to win the 2019 World Series. Before the trade, they tied the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best odds to win at +275. Now they are well above the competition at +200 (according to Vegas odds).
The D-backs also acquired a new starting pitcher to fill Greinke’s role, ASU graduate, RHP Mike Leake from the Seattle Mariners.
Leake has sported at 4.40 ERA for the Mariners thus far, versus Greinke’s current 2.87 ERA with a record of 10-4.
Zach Greinke was the only major star that Arizona traded away, as 2nd-best starter RHP Robbie Ray remains a D-back despite the trade rumors. Ketel Marte, Adam Jones, Alex Avila, etc. also remain in the desert.
They newly traded D-backs have not gotten an official date as to when they will pitch their first game in Arizona. Robbie Ray, Alex Young, and Merrill Kelly (in that order) are scheduled to pitch the next 3 games versus the Washington Nationals. No pitchers are scheduled after this series.
The rest of the newly acquired players will be making debuts in their respective farm league levels.
It’s sad to see him go, but lets see how this pans out for the hometown D-backs!