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In a startling transfer executed simply moments earlier than the commerce deadline, the Houston Astros acquired former Cy Younger Award winner Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a transfer that firmly establishes them as World Collection favorites.

The commerce was first reported by Fox Sports activities and confirmed by USA TODAY Sports activities, citing an individual with direct information of the commerce.

The Astros will trot out AL All-Star starter Justin Verlander, fellow All-Star Gerrit Cole and Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Younger winner and 2015 NL Cy Younger runner-up, in a playoff rotation that in the intervening time appears unimpeachable.

And the transfer strongly mirrors the Aug. 31, 2017 last-minute deal that netted them Verlander – and a World Collection title two months later.

Like Verlander, Greinke, 35, is a veteran pitcher on an enormous contract who grew to become a luxurious merchandise for the buying and selling staff.

And with the Astros, he appears like the ultimate piece of a championship puzzle.

He’s baseball’s highest-paid pitcher, due $34.5 million this season and $35 million in 2020 and 2021, although the Diamondbacks are anticipated to ship alongside important money issues.

That half works out completely for the Astros – they’ll now seemingly lose Cole to free company after this season, however can retain a powerful beginning core in his absence whereas their second-to-none place participant nucleus remains to be collectively.

And that nucleus is now poised to say a second World Collection title in three years.

The fee was steep: The Astros despatched three of their consensus prime 5 prospects – right-handers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, and outfielder Seth Beer – to Arizona. Class AA utilityman Josh Rojas was additionally within the deal, in line with ESPN. 

Contributing: Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic