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Dodgers, Rangers setting up to be top bidders for Zack Greinke

Dec 3, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

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The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Rangers are “right there” with the Dodgers in the bidding for Zack Greinke, with the Nationals possibly still in the mix and the Angels nearly out of it.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com doesn’t see anyone hanging with the Dodgers, though:

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. As Dodgers president Stan Kasten said, “We are the opposite of the mystery team.”

The Braves have also touched base with Greinke, and Atlanta may well be the right-hander’s preferred destination given similar deals. However, the Braves aren’t likely to come in close to the Dodgers’ bid, especially not after splurging for B.J. Upton. Besides, their rotation is pretty good as is.

Greinke is certainly going to top Matt Cain‘s five-year, $112.5 million deal and land the biggest contract for a right-handed pitcher in major league history. The real question is whether he’ll also surpass CC Sabathia‘s seven-year, $161 million deal and get the largest pitching contract overall.

  1. juanhughjazz - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Mr April-August

  2. 18thstreet - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Kudos for “opposite of mystery team.” Well done, Stan.

  3. biasedhomer - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    So the Dodgers end up with an OF of EIther, Kemp, Hamilton, and Crawford?
    They won’t trade Kemp, and no one wants Crawford.

    SO that leaves Either as the salary dump, and they would have to eat some of the salary as well, since it essentially is a $100M contract if you include the vesting option.
    Not a good idea for the Dodgers.

    • losangelesfan - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Why would they have to dump salary? This oughta be good for a chuckle.

      • biasedhomer - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        SO they would have someone with a $100M contract coming of the bench?

        Tell me what team would offer a good package for a $100M injury prone player, on the downside of his career?
        Just because the desperate Dodgers took on the horrible contracts of Beckett and Crawford, does not mean any team is willing to do the same.

  4. onbucky96 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Zack, good luck. You could take the big discount and come back to Beer City, we won’t complain.

  5. iamjimmyjack - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Give this guy 125 million over 6 years. Take it or leave it. I bet he takes it. There’s no way Zack could even live up to the expectations his contract would put on him if he goes to the Rangers and pitches in Arlington. His ERA would be over 4.00 and the media would criticize him everyday. The Dodgers and Angels are the best fits. They are both pitchers parks and they both are set up to win now and are dedicated to winning by any means necessary. If he goes to the Nationals, well then they are no doubt the WS Favorites.

    • gt929 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Greinke has a 2.83 career ERA at Rangers Ballpark, and the DFW sports media is very mild. I can’t remember any serious media criticism towards any recent baseball players except Padilla, Ponson, and only lately, Hamilton, and they all had to work hard to earn it.

      Media here are generally busy working on Jerry Jones, who has REALLY earned it.

  6. jkaflagg - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Very interested to see how this plays out….while the Dodgers certainly seem to have no qualms about tossing around the bucks; one area where they seem leery is long term deals for pitchers; as their money man stated, “pitchers break”…..

    ….Still, I think Grienke is smart enough to get back to the NL, and Washington and Atlanta don’t really seem to be fits….Dodgers could be bidding against themselves in this one, a la the Kevin Brown deal….

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