During Tuesday's press conference at Dodger Stadium introducing right-hander Zack Greinke as the second-highest paid pitcher in baseball history and the Dodgers' newest big-ticket purchase, the question everyone in baseball is asking was directed at Dodger co-owner Magic Johnson.
Is money no object for the Dodgers, Johnson was asked.
"I can answer that real quick and let Zack get back (to answering questions)," he said, rising from a chair and stepping in front of Greinke at the microphone. "We want to win."
With that, Johnson sat back down, drawing laughter from the room.
It was that chance to win – and the apparently limitless financial resources the Dodgers are playing with these days – that convinced Greinke to accept the Dodgers' contract offer for six years and $147 million, edging the Texas Rangers, who Greinke admits he was "favoring" until "that changed at the end."
It changed because of the Dodgers' checkbook.
"That's what it gets to at the end," Greinke said. "But I don't want to say that's the only reason I came here.
"Going into it (free agency), I made a list of 10 things that were important to me. Each one had a different level of importance. The Dodgers had every single one of them. The only thing it didn't is that I live in Florida and my family is there and LA is all the way out here. So it makes the travel a little bit tougher. But everything else was a positive for playing out here."
His mid-season trade to the Angels allowed Greinke and his wife, Emily, to test-drive Southern California as a potential long-term home. Greinke said he put together "a joke list" of possible free-agent destinations during the 2012 season and "the Dodgers and Angels were pretty much tied" for No. 1. But the Angels never emerged as serious contenders to sign Greinke once his status as clearly the best free agent pitcher available this off-season drove his price higher and higher in the weeks after the season ended.
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