It was announced today that Zack Greinke opted out of his contract with the Dodgers and will officially become a free agent. There’s your answer to why Greinke wasn’t on the list published by MLBPA of the 139 eligible free agents. He was set to make $71 million over the next 3 years of his contract with the Dodgers. Who the heck turns down over $20 million a year?
The (arguably) best pitcher in baseball does. And it’s a good move.
Dodgers fans are you worried about losing Zack Greinke?
Clayton Kershaw earned $30 million this year. Guys like Verlander, Cliff Lee, and Felix Hernandez are also earning above the Greinke contract right now. Pitchers are weird, and pitching is even weirder. After a season like Greinke just had, he’d be stupid to not negotiate another long term deal for more money. Or even the same money yearly over a longer span. Even the most consistent pitcher in all of baseball doesn’t know where he’ll be physically in 3 years. Now’s the best time ever to be negotiating a new contract. We’re seeing an era of baseball where ANYONE can make a run on any given year, and teams are spending appropriately to do it because they enter the season more optimistic.
I’d expect Greinke to sign something in the 7+ year $200 million+ range, being the precedent set by Scherzer last offseason. Doesn’t get much better than Greinke so I don’t see why he doesn’t become the highest paid pitcher in the bigs.