The Los Angeles Angels have jumped into the race for Brewers star righthander Zack Greinke and are likely to battle their division rival Texas Rangers and others for Greinke -- assuming he becomes available.

The Braves and Orioles in addition also are interested in Greinke, who is expected to be one of the top two pitchers on the trade market this July.

The Braves have been seen as a team that makes sense for Greinke. But the Angels are also noted by a person close to Greinke as "a perfect fit.''

The Rangers, who have the most chips to deal, also have interest in star lefthander Cole Hamels as a trade target, and actually may prefer Hamels.

There is no word yet that the Brewers are willing to trade Greinke, but team officials will monitor the team's progress over the next week to 10 days to determine whether they will become sellers. The Brewers have said that their biggest hope is to re-sign Greinke, but there has been no evidence of progress in talks since spring training.