The Los Angeles Angels’ Most Memorable Trade Deadline Deals
May 5, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura (9) smiles in the dugout after hitting a 2-run homer in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
July 27, 2012- Jean Segura and two other minor leaguers sent to Milwaukee for Zack Greinke
This one still stings. Zack Greinke gave Angels’ brass every sign he would sign an extension at season’s end. He instead offered his services to the highest bidder, ultimately taking the Dodgers’ six-year, $147 million offer.
The worst part about the Greinke trade wasn’t that the Angels couldn’t use him in the postseason-they haven’t made it since 2009-or his decision to head up the 5 freeway. Fans are frustrated by what the team gave up for Greinke.
Jean Segura was named to the National League All-Star team in his first full season with the Brewers. He hit .294 with 12 home runs, 42 extra-base hits, and 44 stolen bases. His bat has simmered this year -it’s understandable given the death of his nine-year-old son- but Segura has the makings of a superstar.
The Angels don’t have a problem as shortstop, Erick Aybar is as sure-handed as they come. Still, one can’t help but wonder what damage a Segura-Mike Trout duo could do atop the batting order.