|From Yahoo! Sports|
In the biggest trade deadline trade this year, the Houston Astros have acquired RHP Zack Greinke and cash. from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Seth Beer, RHP JB Bukauskas, RHP Corbin Martin and OF Josh Rojas.
The Astros already have a stellar front of the rotation, with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley. They now get Greinke, who is second in the MLB in WHIP, behind Verlander. Cole is fifth. They give up a lot of prospects, but they get Arizona to eat up $24 million, and they\’ll take on the rest of the $53 million owed to Greinke over the next two years, not including 2019. He is a star, and will help lead the Astros in their World Series run.
Greinke, 35, has a 2.87 ERA with 128 strikeouts in 141 innings this year. In his MLB career for the Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels, Greinke has a 3.36 ERA with 2563 strikeouts in 2804.1 innings.
The Diamondbacks are a .500 team, and they owed Greinke a lot of money. They get most of his contract off the books, and get three really good prospects, plus Rojas, who is Houston\’s 22nd best prospect. Beer, Bukauskas and Martin are three, four and five, in that order. Beer is the only top 100 prospect, as he is exactly number 100. This will improve their farm system dramatically.
Beer, 22, has a .309 batting average with 25 homers and 86 RBIs in 432 Plate Appearances for AA Corpus Christi and High-A Fayetteville. In his minor league career, Beer has a .307 batting average with 37 home runs and 128 RBIs in 728 Plate Appearances.
Bukauskas, 22, has a 5.25 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 85.2 innings for AA Corpus Christi this year. In his minor league career, Bukauskas has a 3.90 ERA with 178 strikeouts in 154.2 innings.
Martin, 23, made his MLB debut this year, with a 5.59 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 19.1 innings over five starts.
Rojas, 25, has a .315 average with 20 homers, 69 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 439 Plate Appearances for AA Corpus Christi and AAA Round Rock this year. In his minor league career, Rojas has a .281 average with 38 homers, 164 RBIs and 70 stolen bases in 1230 Plate Appearances.