No one is surprised that Zack Greinke stayed in the National League West, even after leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, if he walked away from Dodger Blue, it was supposed to be for the orange of the San Francisco Giants, not the Crayola box of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In a stunning development, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that Greinke and the Diamondbacks have reached an agreement on a six-year contract, pending a physical.
There were various reports on the size of the contract, but USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that it was for $206 million, with $60 million being deferred. That would give it an inflation-adjusted value of about $190 million, or $31.7 million per year.
Greinke is coming off one of the most dominant seasons in recent history, as he went 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA in 32 starts for the Dodgers. His 225 ERA+ and 0.844 ERA both led the majors, but he finished second in the Cy Young voting to Jake Arrieta, who went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA for the Cubs.
Greinke joined the Dodgers in 2013, and has posted a 51-15 record in 92 starts. His 2.30 ERA and 1.027 ERA showed that he can still dominate the way he did in 2009 when he won the American League Cy Young with the Kansas City Royals.
In the past five years, the 32-year-old has averaged 4.5 WAR, which put his market value around $31 million per season – almost exactly what he got, once adjustments are made for the deferred money.