Samson: Adding Greinke Great Move For Astros

Adding Zack Greinke makes a lot of sense – for this year and next, David Samson says

Taz and the Moose
August 01, 2019 - 10:05 am
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A flurry of deals went down before the MLB trade deadline Wednesday – none bigger, perhaps, than Houston acquiring Zack Greinke from Arizona.

The Astros traded a pair of right-handers – Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas – along with first baseman Seth Beer and infielder Josh Rojas to the Diamondbacks to complete the deal. Greinke, 35, went 10-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 23 starts for Arizona.

CBS Sports HQ analyst David Samson loved the move for the Astros.

“When you have an opportunity to get Zack Greinke – (he) is a solid No. 3 starter and will become a solid No. 2 starter once they lose (Gerrit) Cole to free agency,” Samson said on Taz & The Moose. “He doesn’t have to carry the staff because he’s got Verlander through 2021.”

Some Astros fans might not have liked giving up four prospects for Greinke, but Samson wouldn’t lose sleep over that.

“You’ve given away four of your best prospects, but that’s what prospects are for,” he said. “They are there to help you win at the major league level. It’s not great to be the No. 1-ranked farm system and never win a World Series. What fun is that? When you’ve got a good farm system, you use it to try to win rings. That’s what Houston did, and that’s what the Yankees did not.”

Samson also weighed in on the three-team deal among the Reds, Padres and Indians. Yasiel Puig was moved from Cincinnati to Cleveland, while Trevor Bauer was shipped from Cleveland to Cincinnati.

Who won this trade?

“For me, it’s got to be the Cincinnati Reds,” Samson said. “They decided they were going to put $18 million next year into the payroll for Trevor Bauer. They got rid of Yasiel Puig. That’s an addition by subtraction. It sort of takes the cancer out of the clubhouse, and you bring in a guy who definitely couldn’t go back to Cleveland because of what he did.”

Bauer’s last act as an Indian was angrily chucking a ball from the pitcher’s mound over the center field wall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday.

“He’s a strange, different kind of guy,” Samson said, “but not malicious in the way Puig is inside a clubhouse and on the field. You’ve got an owner in Cincinnati who doesn’t want to rebuild, is satisfied with being in the middle, and thinks that having Bauer along with Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray is the beginning of a good enough rotation to compete in the NL Central, which, it’s not.”

Click below to listen to Samson’s interview in its entirety.