Early in the offseason, Zack Greinke appeared to rule out the LA Angels when it came to where he'd be willing to sign this offseason.
He reportedly made it clear that he would not be signing with an American League team. Of course, that would mean that the Angels, which were a potential landing spot for him, were eliminated.
And it makes sense as to why the Halos would definitely be a team to look out for in the Greinke sweepstakes, as they desperately need starting pitching, and Greinke has been an Angel before. Greinke had a lot of success as an Angel, as he went 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.187 WHIP when he was traded to the Halos during the 2012 season.
Sports Illustrated, however, may have leaked that Greinke might have changed his mind. They put out a piece on where they have the 25 best remaining free agents signing, and Greinke was projected to go to the Yankees. If Greinke is a possibility for an AL team like the Yankees again, then the Angels would be back in the mix.
The LA Angels are a better fit for Zack Greinke than the New York Yankees.
If Zack Greinke is willing to sign with an AL team, the LA Angels are the better fit for him than the New York Yankees, and not just because he's been special as an Angel before. It's also because Greinke has passed on the Yankees in the past due to a social anxiety disorder he has that has kept him from wanting to play in a market like New York.
Sure, LA is a massive market as well, but he's already tested the waters with both LA teams and been elite in his time playing with the two clubs. As for what he would bring to the table now, he is still a solid pitcher.
His 4.16 ERA and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings weren't inspiring last year, but his 11-6 record was. His 1.170 WHIP was nice, and so was his 1.9 walks per nine innings rate. His numbers aren't amazing, but he's found ways to bring value to his team despite not having the velocity he used to.
He's still a reliable veteran arm who can be trusted. To confirm that, he tossed 6.1 innings in the postseason and gave up just two runs. If Greinke truly is available for an AL team this offseason, the Angels need to go after him.