Greinke Signs With Arizona: 12th Best Deal ALL – Time Of 50 MLB Richest Contracts.

Zack Greinke opted of his deal after this season, even though he will stay have nearly $26 MIL per year left on his deal running through 2018. There is no doubt in my mind that LA will probably walk away from Greinke. I base that on the comments from GM Andrew Friedman - who isn't looking to spend a lot of money, and also shed payroll. If the brass is able to pull of some swift financing, they should be able to absorb a ne deal with the RHP, and not have the salary for the club be blown out of proportion.

Zack Greinke opted of his deal (6 YRs/$147.6 MIL) after this last season with the Dodgers, even though he will still nearly $26 MIL per year left on his deal running through 2018. The 32 Year Old has been dynamite since moving to Los Angeles, featuring a 60 – 17 (.779) record with a mid 2 ERA since he was dealt to the Angels in mid 2012 from the Brewers.  He just inked the most lucrative deal ever signed for the MLB in AAV at $34.42 MIL per year.

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A collective haymaker punch has just been thrown at the rest of the National League West.  The Diamondbacks have inked Zack Greinke to a 6 YRs/$206.5 MIL pact as of last night.

This is the 3rd richest Pitcher contract ever signed behind David Price‘s 7 YRs/$217 MIL deal – and Clayton Kerhsaw’s extension of 7 YRs/$210 MIL.

It is also the highest Average Annual contract  ahead at $34.42 MIL per season, edging out both Price and Miguel Cabrera at a clip of $31 MIL each a campaign for their respective deals.

Greinke, 32, who finished 2nd in NL Cy Young Voting with an incredible 1.66 ERA in 222.1 IP worth of work in 2015 had opted out of his 6 YRs/$147.5 MIL deal with the Dodgers after just 3 years.

The Right Handed Pitcher left 3 years and $77.5 MIL on the table – and this was the right move as he was slated to earn just under $26 MIL a season for that contract.

This is the 12th richest deal of ALL – Time in the Major Leagues – and is also the 12th player to crack the $200 MIL+ barrier.

Greinke, who also appears on 28th of this list, has a career record of 142 - 93 (.604) with a 3.35 ERA stretched out over 12 years of his 4 different teams (LAD, LAA, MIL and KC), however he posted a 51 - 15 mark with the Dodgers - toting a 2.30 ERA over his 3 year tenure with them.

Greinke, who also appears on 28th of this list, has a career record of 142 – 93 (.604) with a 3.35 ERA stretched out over 12 years of his 4 different teams (LAD, LAA, MIL and KC), however he posted a 51 – 15 mark with the Dodgers – toting a 2.30 ERA over his 3 year tenure with them.  The RHP has also battled an anxiety disorder in his past – which is a perfectly situated to be in the West Coast where the media is much more laid back.

Arizona, who only has about $34 MIL in collective signed contracts before the move – will double that immediately, but also has a great TV Deal to pay for this money doled out now.

The Diamondbacks also have an MVP candidate every year in Paul Goldschmidt, only making $40 MIL in earnings for the next 4 years – due to a greatly timed extension by the management.  Now they also have a perennial Cy Young candidate as well.

Not only does the signing bode well for the franchise, but it also takes Greinke out of the running for the Dodgers and Giants – who were thought to be the front-runners for the man.  This decidedly weakens both clubs and strengthens Arizona.

As soon as I heard the news, I threw down a $50 bet on the D’Backs (with some friends) – with the Snakes at 40/1 Odd at bet365.com – it was the biggest no brainer I have seen this offseason.

Arizona has played around .500 with Goldschmidt in the lineup for the last several years.  It was only when he went down to injury in 2014 – that the club struggled in the win column.

The team has a bevy of young talent in A.J. Pollock, David Peralta, Ender Inciarte,Patrick Corbin and Yasmany Tomas all under team control for several years to compliment both Greinke and Goldschmidt.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.

3. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10) (Opted out after 2007 season).

*4. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #22.  He has the 3rd and 22nd top contracts of ALL – Time.

*5Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

*6. Robinson Cano$240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)

*7. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)

*8.  David Price, $217,000,000 (2016 – 2022)

*9.  Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)

*10. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)

*11.  Max Scherzer, $210,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*28. Zack Greinke, $206,500,000 (2016 – 2022)

13. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 (2001-10)

*14. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)

*T15. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)

*T15. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)

*17Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)

*18. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)

*19. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)

T-20. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)

*T-20. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)

*22. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)

*23.  Masahiro Tanaka, $155,000,000 (2014 – 20) (Doesn’t include his $20 MIL posting fee)

*24Jon Lester, $155,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*25. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)

*26. Jacoby Ellsbury , $153,000,000 (2014-2020)

*27. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 (2008-15)

*28. Zack Greinke, $147,000,000 (2013-18) (Opted out after 2015)

*29.  Mike Trout, $144, 500, 000 (2015 – 2020)

*30Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18) 

*31Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)

32Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)

*33. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)

34. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)

*35Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)

*36.  Freddie Freeman, $135,000,000 (2014-21)

*37.  Shin-Soo Choo, $130,000,000 (2014-20)

*38. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)

T39. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 (2008-14)

T-40. Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)

*41 Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)

*T-42Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)

*T-42: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)

*44. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16) (Opted out after 2011 year)

45. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)

T-46Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)

*T-46. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000 (2010-16)

*T-46: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)

 T-46:  Cliff Lee, $120,000,000 (2011-15)

50.Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)

Just Outside the BAR

51 .Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)

*T51. Jordan Zimmermann, $110,000,000 (2016 – 2020)

*T51.  Dustin Pedroia, $110,0000, 000 (2014 – 2021)

Sully Baseball Podcast on Greinke Signing (Worth Listening too)

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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