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The Dodgers are making significant progress toward a contract with free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke.
If Greinke signs with the Dodgers, he would get a six-year, 145-million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Greinke, 29, is the clear-cut No. 1 starting pitcher in this free-agent class and is also believed to be pursued by the Texas Rangers.
Over nine major league seasons, Greinke is 91-78 with a 3.77 earned-run average. He pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and Angels last season, and was a combined 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 34 starts.
Greinke had his best season in 2009, when won the American League Cy Young Award pitching for the Kansas City Royals. That year, he was 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA.
Greinke has overcome well-chronicled bouts with anxiety and depression, which nearly led him to quit baseball before the 2006 season.
The Dodgers will look for Greinke to be a No. 2 pitcher to compliment ace Clayton Kershaw.
If the Dodgers sign Greinke, they would have seven pitchers under contract for next season. The others are Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly. The Dodgers are also looking to sign left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, a seven-time Korean league all-star.
Capuano and Harang appear to be the most likely to be traded.
The addition of Greinke would mark the continuation of a furious year-long spending spree by the Dodgers, who are making the New York Yankees look like they are based in a Third World market.
The Dodgers are negotiating a television-rights deal with Fox that could be worth more than 6 billion, and the team has added more than 500 million in player salaries since they were purchased by Guggenheim Baseball in the spring.
They signed Cuban outfield prospect Yasiel Puig to a 42-million deal and inked Andre Ethier to a 85-million contract extension. They traded for former All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez and absorbed the 38 million remaining on his contract. Their most significant and expensive move to date came in August, when they took on 260 million in salary commitments by acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett from the Boston Red Sox.
This winter, they re-signed closer Brandon League to a three-year 22.5-million deal.
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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...
The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to catch a break so far this winter as they are still awaiting on Zack Greinke‘s decision. The winter’s top prize seems like he will be signing with the Rangers any day now. The Dodgers are willing to pony up a record setting amount of money to make Grienke the richest pitcher in baseball, however, it doesn’t seem like Greinke wants to pitch...
From Joel Sherman:If it needed any further punctuation, the Dodgers established that they — not the Yankees — are the financial heavyweights of baseball yesterday by reaching agreement with Zack Greinke on a six-year, $147 million contract.
Unless the Yankees come out of their economic cocoon, they will not have the largest payroll in the game for the first time since 1998...
According to the Internet, the goldenpants Dodgers have inked the Grink, pushing their team payroll a couple tee-shots beyond $200 million. They're ruining the game of baseball. They want to buy the World Series. It's not fair. Moreover, it's stupid.Why don't Hal and Hank just sell them one of ours? We could go back to 26. Nobody would notice. Certainly the Steinboys...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are closing in on top free agent, pitcher Zack Greinke, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.
NASHVILLE Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter.
But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke...
It's difficult to like what the Los Angeles Angels have done this offseason, particularly when they seem likely to lose free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke.
I wrote recently about the different approaches of the two L.A. teams . But the Angels' starting-pitching choices may not be as illogical as they appear.
I'm not saying I like them, mind you -- right-hander Tommy...
According to John Harper of the Daily News, the Texas Rangers would trade top hitting prospect Mike Olt for R.A. Dickey, but only if they first lose out on free-agent Zack Greinke AND are unable to trade for James Shields who is their top preference if they have to make a swap.
Meanwhile the Royals and Blue Jays are not that interested in Dickey and and prefer the Mets young...
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave one of the biggest contracts in baseball history to Zack Greinke. On Sunday, the Dodgers gave a big contract to Ryu Hyun-Jin, who has never before pitched in the majors. The Dodgers still might not even be done, and neither of the moves this weekend came as a surprise, because as we’ve established, the Dodgers have all of the money. The...
A former Los Angeles Dodgers player sent me a text message Saturday night after learning that right-hander Zack Greinke was headed to LA.
"Good luck Don Mattingly!" the text said.
Good luck managing this eclectic collection. Good luck dealing with skyrocketing expectations. Good luck keeping your job if you fail to win with a record payroll.
See, the Dodgers have only...
Well, it happened. Zack Greinke is staying in Southern California, but he'll be doing so wearing Dodger Blue and all the Angels have to show for it is a wobbly rotation and a giant hole in their farm system where three quality prospects used to be.
Some corners of the baseball world are applauding Jerry Dipoto for the restraint he showed in not giving into Greinke's...
A word of advice for certain baseball general managers: When dealing with Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton: caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. I’m speaking to you, Ned Colletti, Jon Daniels, Jerry Dipoto, Jack Zduriencik. Daniels, the Rangers GM, knows of which I speak. Hamilton has been his headache for the [...]
Oh my. That is some serious snow.
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Another terrible tragedy comes over the NFL.
Remember when Zack Greinke was a Royal?
Kansas 90, Colorado 54 – Rekindling an old Big 12 rivalry, about the same as it wen when they were conference rivals.
Eastern Michigan 47, Purdue 44 – I just don’t want to talk about this.
Minnesota 71, USC...
The Dodgers seem to have no limit on their spending this offseason.
The team agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract with Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday, after winning his negotiation rights in November by submitting a $25.74 million posting fee, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Ryu will join Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley in the Dodgers’ formidable...