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Zack Greinke And The Los Angeles Angels

On Wednesday, a rumor surfaced that the Los Angeles Angels, who already boast a rotation featuring Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana, have interest in Milwaukee Brewers ace Zack Greinke. Depending on how you interpret the word interest, it's not shocking.

Every contending team should have some degree of interest in Greinke.

Greinke has been one of the very best pitchers in all of baseball this year, second only to Justin Verlander in WAR for starting pitchers.

Still, with Los Angeles' rotation, it's a bit peculiar that they'd have legitimate interest in paying the price necessary to entice Milwaukee's management to move Greinke.

A source close to Greinke allegedly called the Angels a "perfect fit" for Greinke, per Heyman. Even if this is true, which it very well may be, I mean, you'd have to imagine playing on a good team in southern California appeals to a lot of athletes, it doesn't mean that the Angels are a good fit for the Brewers to trade with.

Los Angeles' farm system, on the whole, is pretty weak. If the Brewers are going to demand a Mike Olt type player in a trade, the Angels don't even have that to part with. At best, the Angels can give up a prospect like Jean Segura, who would be a nice starting point, but can easily be matched by, well, pretty much any other team with noted interest so far -- the Rangers, Yankees, Braves and Cardinals.

It seems like Los Angeles' "interest" in Greinke serves solely to drive the price up for other American League contenders, i.e., the Rangers.

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