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Astros acquire Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks

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In what is now the biggest trade to have been made this month, the Astros have acquired starter Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the D-Backs will receive 1B/OF Seth Beer, pitcher J.B. Bukauskas, pitcher Corbin Martin, and IF/OF Joshua Rojas.

Greinke, 35, still has a hefty sum of money left on his contract, owed the remainder of his $31.5 million salary this season plus $32 million in each of the next two years. The Astros are likely covering a majority of that.

Grienke ranks among the best pitchers in the league this season, holding a 10-4 record with a 2.87 ERA and a 128/18 K/BB ratio in 141 innings.

Adding Greinke to a starting rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole makes the Astros frightening in the postseason.

All four players the D-Backs acquired ranked among the Astros’ top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Beer ranked No. 3, Bukauskas No. 4, Martin No. 5, and Rojas No. 22.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.