Zack Greinke Traded to Angels; That's More Good News as White Sox Extend First-Place Lead

Zack Greinke Traded to Angels; That's More Good News as White Sox Extend First-Place Lead
The Collision: Looks like both will be alright.

We've been hearing for weeks that the White Sox were "all in" on the Zack Greinke fire sale, wanting to acquire the ace righthander in the worst way.

On the surface, who wouldn't want the now former Brewer and Royal? Certainly only those who feared his previous anxiety order would surface again in the big city. Because aside from that, the righthander has established himself as one of the premier starters in the American League. Thus far in 2012 he's 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA.

I, for one, am happy the Sox weren't able to work out a trade. Of course I would have loved to see Greinke in our rotation. He would have cured many ills, but I was concerned about what it would have taken for the Brewers to bite--and, remember, the pitcher is a free agent at the end of the season so we very well might have, what they say, mortgaged the future.

Admittedly I have no knowledge of who the White were prepared to send to Milwaukee in the exchange. We do know that the Angeles sent three of their Top 20 prospects including their No. 1, shortstop Jean Segura. Since the Sox don't necessarily have a stockpile of top prospects in their system because many are already in Chicago, I feared that the list would have included three or more from the following: Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Hector Santiago, Jose Quintana, outfielder Jared Mitchell (now at AAA Charlotte), infielder Carlos Sanchez  and outfielders Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker (now at high A Winston-Salem). There were also rumors that Gavin Floyd would have been packaged in the deal, a move with which I wouldn't have objected.

For now, all's right in SoxWorld with the South Siders' impressive 9-5 victory over Yu Darvish and the Rangers last night which increased their A.L. Central lead to 1 1/2 with the Tigers' loss to the Blue Jays. I'm not saying we should stand pat because winning the division is not going to be easy, but the cost of getting Greinke for just the rest the season might have been too high--especially at a time when the youth movement is successfully taking hold at the Cell.

Sox Notes of Note:  It seems that Alejandro De Aza might miss only a game after injuring his left wrist last night in a collision with Alexei Ramirez, but it was very scary to watch...Comebacker Alex Rios, who has been on fire pretty much since the Sox season began in Arlington about four months ago, collected three more ribbies last night, upping his total to 63, behind only Adam Dunn on the Sox..."Cy" Sale got credit for his 12th victory...I don't want to jinx it, but the White Sox have now won four in a row against the defending A.L. champs.

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