Melvin said trading Greinke was a difficult decision.
“I am very fond of Zack, not only as a player but as a person. He is one of my favorite players that I’ve ever been associated with. It makes it a little bit tougher,” the GM explained. “We had to make a decision to turn the page. These three players are players we feel good about. Zack is going to be a great addition for the Angels and help them out. We appreciate everything he did for us. He did all we can ask of him.”
But with Greinke in position to seek contract offers in excess of $100 million next winter, the Brewers decided to get what they could for him.
“It’s not something I hoped to do at this time of the year,” Melvin said. “I had hoped to be in a position to maybe acquire a player. That’s the way the game goes sometimes.”
Greinke is 85-76 with a 3.79 ERA in nine major league seasons. Early in his career with Kansas City, he walked away from baseball for a while because of social anxiety disorder, a condition he has learned to handle. But some question whether he’d be a comfortable fit in a large media market.
“We’re not in the mode right now of discussing 2013 and beyond,” Dipoto said. “We’re going to let Zack come in and settle in with the Angels. I think he wants to be here. He’s excited about the move and excited about coming here and playing with a team that’s in a position like we are.”
The 22-year-old Segura, considered one of the best prospects in the Angels’ system, was called up to the big leagues Tuesday and went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against the Royals. He was batting .294 with seven homers and 33 stolen bases at Double-A Arkansas, where Hellweg and Pena were among his teammates.
The 6-foot-9 Hellweg was 5-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 21 starts for Arkansas. Pena was 6-6 with a 2.99 ERA in 19 starts, and his 111 strikeouts were tied for second in the Texas League.
Baseball America ranked Hellweg as the Angels’ fourth-best prospect going into this season. Pena was rated ninth. Both pitchers are 23.
All three new acquisitions for the Brewers are headed to Double-A Huntsville.
“We went into this without presuming that we were going to make any moves,” Dipoto said. “But when you’re given the opportunity to acquire a player like that, you’re going to go a little over and beyond. It was going to be pretty fierce competition to gain his services. We were aggressive and made the deal today with players, quite frankly, that are painful to lose.”
NOTES: The Angels also placed SS Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22, because of a broken big toe on his right foot. INF Andrew Romine was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and OF Vernon Wells, sidelined since May 21 with a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery, was activated from the DL.