Greinke Signs With Arizona: 12th Best Deal ALL – Time Of 50 MLB Richest Contracts.
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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.
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.
*5. Albert 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)
*17. Felix 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)
*24. Jon 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)
*30. Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18)
*31. Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
32. Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)
*33. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)
34. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)
*35. Alfonso 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-42. Ryan 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-46. Jason 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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Snakes in the desert in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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