As you’ve probably heard, the Los Angeles Angels landed Zack Greinke in a trade with Milwaukee on Friday, in exchange for shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers.
Speaking at a pre-game Q&A on Sunday, Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels acknowledged that Texas was in the hunt for the services of the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner, but said that ultimately, what they were willing to offer wasn’t enough to get the deal done.
Basically, the Brewers wanted a near-Major League ready shortstop, which they got in Segura, who has spent most of the year with Los Angeles’ Double-A affiliate. Meanwhile, Texas’ Double-A shortstop is a man named Jurickson Profar, who Ron Washington designated as the only name that was completely off-the-table in trade talks.
“We went back and forth and tried to carve out a deal we were comfortable with,” Daniels said, per the Dallas Morning News. “You always go ‘If this is fair, you’ve got to go to 150 percent to get the deal done against major competition.’ We did.
“We’ve got some good players at shortstop outside of Profar, but they’re lower-level guys. It didn’t work out.”