Houston made a huge splash right at the deadline
As expected, the Houston Astros walked away from the July 31 trade deadline with pitching, and they landed a big name. The Astros have acquired Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona will receive four prospects, including right-handers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, first baseman/outfielder Seth Beer, and utility man Josh Rojas. News of the trade broke shortly after the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, and the teams confirmed the deal later in the afternoon.
Greinke’s massive six-year, $206.5 million contract includes a 15-team no-trade list, but the Astros were not among the 15 teams. The D-Backs were able to trade him to Houston without him signing off on the deal. Greinke is owed roughly $74 million through 2021, and, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Arizona is eating $24 million, hence the strong prospect return.
Coincidentally enough, Greinke started Wednesday afternoon’s game (GameTracker) against the Yankees in New York. He struck out seven and allowed two runs in five innings before exiting the game following a rain delay. News of Greinke’s trade broke soon after the game resumed and the YES Network broadcast showed him exiting the ballpark in the late innings.