In one fell swoop Saturday, the Dodgers reportedly landed the most coveted starting pitcher on the free-agent market, became the first National League team to exceed $200 million in payroll and made Zack Greinke the richest pitcher in baseball history.
It was all in a good day's work - and all pending a physical - but of little surprise when the Dodgers and Greinke came to terms, according to multiple reports, on a six-year contract worth $147 million.
The Dodgers have stated their desire to add a starting pitcher to their already formidable rotation since the offseason began. They've shown no restraint adding payroll since the team was purchased out of bankruptcy in April. Maybe the only surprise was neither Greinke nor Anibal Sanchez - whom the Dodgers considered their "Plan B" - had been signed when baseball's annual winter meetings concluded Thursday.
With a $24.5 million average annual value, Greinke's contract would be the highest ever for a pitcher, surpassing the $24.4 million over five years the Yankees gave CC Sabathia in October 2011.
Greinke's contract would not become official until he takes a physical, which would preclude an official announcement before Monday, according to one report.
Reactions to the signing began pouring in on Twitter Saturday night.
"Best 1-2 combo in baseball! Kershaw/ Greinke," wrote Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
"Not sure who's more excited about @dodgers signing Greinke,"catcher A.J. Ellis wrote, "the catcher of another Ace or AJ the hitter who doesn't have to face him."
Dodgers, Zack Greinke agree to six-year, $147M deal
L.A. Daily News | Dec 9