Zack Greinke has decided to stay with a NL West team, but he will not be pitching for the Dodgers or the Giants.
According to multiple reports, Zack Greinke has agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the offense in place in Arizona, the Diamondbacks will be a force in 2016 with Greinke at the top of its rotation.
Greinke was believed to be seeking at least a $30 million AAV on his new contract. If that is the case, Greinke has agreed to terms on at least a $180 million contract. Financial terms of the contract have not surfaced.
Update 7:39pm CST – Zack Greinke agreed to terms on a six year contract for around $195 million according to Bob Nightengale … a $32.5 million AAV would be the highest in MLB history.
Update 7:54pm CST – According to Ken Rosenthal, Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks agreed to a six-year, $206 million contract with deferrals, a $34.3 million AAV. The largest average annual value in the history of the game. Rosenthal said the deferrals with lower the present-day value of the contract.
Update 8:18pm CST – According to Ken Rosenthal, Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks agreed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract with deferrals, a $34.42 million AAV. The largest average annual value in the history of the game.
Zack Greinke finished second to Jake Arrieta for the National League Cy Young Award. Greinke was 19-3 in 32 starts this past season with a 1.66 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
During his three years with the Dodgers, Greinke was 51-15 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 92 starts. Greinke turned 32 in October. This six-year contract will take him through his age-37 season.
The Cubs were never believed to be a serious contender to sign Zack Greinke.
The Cubs are not done adding pitching. After agreeing to terms on a two-year, $32 million contract with John Lackey, the Cubs are expected to pursue a controllable young starter through trade.
The Cubs have been linked to the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, Tyson Ross of the Padres and the Braves’ Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran.
The Diamondbacks are expected to be major players for RHP Kenta Maeda when he is posted. It is unknown if Arizona will try to sign Maeda with Zack Greinke now on board.