Teams Are Going Overboard on Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke will be going back to the Los Angeles Angels.

Wait, he could go to the crosstown Los Angeles Dodgers.

What’s that you say, he is heading to Texas to play for the Rangers?

Hold on, the Boston Red Sox are about to get him.

Sorry, the Nippon Ham Fighters are now the frontrunners.

Enough already.

Would you pay Zack Greinke $150 million dollars?  Not a chance.  Image:  www.latimes.com

Would you pay Zack Greinke $150 million dollars? Not a chance. Image: http://www.latimes.com

As a blogger for the Arizona Diamondbacks, I know what it is like for a player to be rumored to be on the move.  I mean Justin Upton has been almost dealt to every team this side of the Durham Bulls.  Who could blame them?  He is 25, under contract for three more years and has a fourth place MVP finish.  I understand the fuss over him.

But Zack Greinke?

I get it, he is the best pitcher on the free agent market.  In addition, he won the Cy Young Award in 2009 while with the Kansas City Royals, a team that did not win very much and with whom he has spent the majority of his career. But the numbers we have been hearing are obscene for a guy who has never won more than 16 games in a season.  Supposedly, he is seeking a 6 year, $150 million dollar deal.  This is a pitcher whose lifetime mark is 91 wins, 78 losses and a 3.77 ERA.  His record while pitching for above average squads is only slightly better than his numbers with the Royals.  While a member of the 2011 NL Central winning Milwaukee Brewers, his record was 16-6 with a 3.83 ERA in less than 175 innings pitched.  In 13 starts last season for a pretty good Angels team, he finished 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA.  This is hardly ace material.

Zack Greinke picked a great time to be a free agent.  The Player’s Association will be thrilled with his contract no matter where he goes.  He just upped the bar for the next wave of pitchers who will become free agents.  However, the team that signs him may rue the day they opened the vault with him.  I am not saying he won’t be good just that there is no possible way he will ever live up to the price of the deal.

Follow me on Twitter @ltj41 and covering the Arizona Diamondbacks at http://venomstrikes.com

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