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Everyone is trying to make something out of nothing when it comes to Zack Grainke, who is the elite free agent starting pitcher on this year’s market. Will he stay with the Los Angeles Angels? Will he remain in the American League West and sign with the Texas Rangers? Could he stay out west but switch to the National League and join the World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants?
We do not know which team Greinke will join. What we do know is that he could very well sign this week, as the GM meetings get underway. We also know he is seeking a deal for roughly six or seven years worth around $140-$150 million. With a weak class overall, especially among starting pitchers, Greinke is likely to get close to what he is seeking.
It just won’t be coming from the Boston Red Sox.
Everyone wants to make a big deal about what the Red Sox may do this offseason, after purging their payroll by trading away Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez last season. Yes, they have plenty of money to spend. Yes, they will certainly use some of that allotted salary space on some free agents this Winter. But no, it will not be on Greinke.
It is not as if the Red Sox could not use some more pitching. They have no idea what they are getting from Jon Lester. Clay Buchholz is up and down. John Lackey is a complete enigma, and not just because of his injuries. This team needs starting pitching. It just won’t come in the form of Greinke.
It is also not as if Boston does not believe that Greinke is a top tier pitcher, because he is and they most likely believe it to also be true. But just because a player is very talented and that you also have the space and payroll and need to sign him, it doesn’t mean that the player is a good fit for that team.
Just ask the New York Yankees, who, seemingly go through this almost every year.
Greinke is a special talent. Boston has plenty of money, and I expect them to sign three or four very good players this offseason.
But when you look at some of the character concerns that have plagued Greinke in the past – not as a bad person by any means, but more from anxiety – Boston is one of the last places that Greinke should signs. It would be a bad fit, and everybody is aware of that fact. That is why it will not happen.
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BEST OF MAXIM
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
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