We continue our 2012: A Look Back Series with the most coveted free agent pitcher on the market in Zack Greinke. Grienke was the prized pitching acquisition at the trade deadline, and GM Jerry DiPoto made the aggressive move and acquired the right-hander for Ariel Pena, Jean Segura and John Hellweg. Grienke came in and finished 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 games. He struck out 78 in 89 innings while only giving up 80 hits. Overall, he finished 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA. He struck out 200 batters, which he has done for the third time in the past four seasons.
Game of the Year: From an Angels perspective, I think its basically a tie. September 15 against the Royals will be known more for Ernesto Frieri‘s blown save in the ninth, but Greinke was outstanding, going 8.1 and only giving up one run. The other game that comes to mind was when the Angels tied the major league record for strikeouts by one team against the Mariners. He only went five innings that night but struck out 13.
2013 Outlook: The main question is will be in an Angel uniform? He is the best pitcher on the market. He’s also going to be 29 years of age this coming year and entering his prime. He is going to cost quite a bit and the Angels won’t be the only team interested in him. I think wherever he ends up you are going to be getting a stud pitcher who can go out there and win close to 20 games every year and not be a problem outside the locker room and can continue on that path for seasons to come.