Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/10/12
If you think Zack Greinke just signed a big free-agent contract, wait three years. He might get an even bigger deal then. Greinke's six-year, $147 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers includes an opt-out clause that enables him to return to the open market midway through the agreement, major-league sources say. Talk about perfect timing: By the time Greinke is eligible for his second round of free agency, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander already will have signed new deals, further inflating the price for starting pitching. Greinke's new $24.5 million average salary is a record for a pitcher on a multi-year contract. Kershaw, Hernandez and Verlander are virtually certain to push the standard into the $30 million range. OK, so let's do the math: Greinke, 29, will earn $76 million in the first three years of his deal with the Dodgers; the deal is front-loaded, with the final three years valued at $71 million. Assuming Greinke pitches well enough to j...
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