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Dodgers reach six-year, $147 million deal with Zack Greinke

Dec 8, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are “closing in on” a contract agreement with free agent starter Zack Greinke.

The deal will cover the next six years and carry a total value of $145 million if it indeed goes through.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that Dodgers officials were “starting to seem slightly discouraged” because of a strong push by Texas’ front office and Greinke’s positive reaction to their sales pitch. But Heyman is now acknowledging that the script has been flipped and that it’s the Rangers who suddenly have a bad feeling about the course of the negotiations.

Greinke registered a 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200/54 K/BB ratio across 212 1/3 innings this past summer between the Brewers and Angels. The 29-year-old right-hander was at one point said to be seeking a seven-year contract worth more than $160 million, and it seems he’s going to come pretty close.

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UPDATE, 8:26 PM: The Rangers “have been told” that Greinke is not signing with them, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Which means that an announcement from the Dodgers is likely imminent.

UPDATE, 8:57 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Greinke and the Dodgers are in agreement, and that the contract is only pending a physical. It’ll wind up as a six-year, $147 million pact, which represents the highest annual average committed to a pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

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  1. Francisco (FC) - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Ruben is starting to look like a genius regarding the Hamels signing. No way King Felix, Verlander sign for less than 30. Had Hamels hit FA the Dodgers would have tossed him at least that much per year.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      The way the Dodgers are spending money they might have signed both Greinke and Hamels (if he was a FA).

  2. Brinke - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Mwah ha ha ha ha ha. I =love= this deal.

    You guys don’t learn, do you. Money does not buy titles. A TEAM does, not a collection of high priced mercenaries. BTW, when’s YOUR WS ring ceremony? OUR latest one is the 7th, I think. Tune in and watch!

    Signed
    Your 2012 WS Champion SF Giants.

    • sailcat54 - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      “Money does not buy titles. A TEAM does…”

      Well played, Brinke.

    • rkstevens1 - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Don’t you mean your latest is number 7* (that’s with an asterisk)? You know for playing most of the season with the cheater who was your first-half MVP? Who knows where the Giants end up without Cabrera keeping the team afloat as Posey was recovering. Btw, if money doesn’t win championships, why did the Giants give Cain a $127-million extension and spend $70-million on Scutaro and Pagan? Easy to suddenly have the secret formula to winning championships after 50+ years of futility. And seriously, counting the NY Giants championships? When most people think of NY Giants they think of football. How many of those were SF titles?

    • rayfeathers - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      if it wasn’ t for the completely absurd all-star game winner gets home field advantage the tigers would have kicked sf’ s ass.

  3. gbar22 - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Are his win totals not a fact? Last I checked you can’t win games unless you are pitching well which means your other categories which all the modern baseball stat nerds worship will also be good or at least comparable to the other top pitchers in the game. I have no interest in waging an endless war on which stats are more valuable pitting the modern stats against the traditional stats. It’s an argument that one can never win as people are staunch in their views and bless them for that as there is no right or wrong. Either measure shows his effectiveness since ’08 and the overall point is still stated.

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