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LA Angels: 3 mistakes we hope Astros make this offseason

Oct 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Zack Greinke (21) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning in game three of the 2021 ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Zack Greinke (21) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning in game three of the 2021 ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 mistake we hope the Astros make this offseason: Overpay for Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke is still a very good pitcher for the Astros. He’s more than reliable in this league, and it would be awesome if the LA Angels could pick him up for the right price.

The key is ‘the right price,’ however. Greinke was paid $35 million this past year. The Angels can’t spend $35 million+ on a third player too, especially if that player is past his prime.

Again, Greinke is still a good player, but he’s no Ace anymore. His ERA is 4.12 these past two years, and he’s only been striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings.

I’d so much rather the Astros overcompensate to bring him back than the Angels go out and throw a lot of money at him. I don’t know what his exact price will be, but the guy is a six-time All-Star, a Cy Young winner, and a two-time ERA title winner. He’s established, he has a stacked resume, and he’s going to find a way to ask for a lot.

Hopefully the Astros make the mistake of signing him for too much.

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