We all know by now that the Dodgers print money, literally. So when they signed Zack Greinke to a record-breaking deal, no one was too surprised, right? I’ll let you decide when the deal becomes official on Monday, but all reports indicate that Greinke is a Dodger.
Greinke is now a very, very wealthy man, though. His contract of six-years, $147 million, is the second largest contract signed in MLB history, falling about $14 million shy of CC Sabathia’s $161 million deal that he signed before the 2009 season. Plus, the average annual salary of $24.5 million that he will make is a record for a pitcher on a multiyear deal.
At 29-years-old, Greinke is still in the prime of his career, and should be for the majority of the next half a dozen years. Most recently, the 2009 Cy Young award winner posted a 3.48 earned run average (ERA) in 2012 with the Brewers and Angels. However, the basic stats tend not to favor Greinke as much as the advanced metrics. Just take his 3.48 ERA for example. It isn’t great nor is it bad, although it is not worth $24.5 million per year.
So, let’s move on.
Since 2009, Greinke’s Fielding Independent Percentage (FIP) of 2.93 ranks fifth in baseball. FIP dictates what a pitcher’s ERA should equate to if said pitcher had a league average defense behind him. Bloop hits, line drives, and home runs are also taken into account to produce an accurate gauging. This stat pretty much justifies his massive contract.
Now, a solid Dodgers’ rotation just took a big step towards becoming an elite rotation. Once the deal becomes official, Greinke will pair with arubably the best southpaw in baseball—Clayton Kershaw, of course. Then, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley will fill out of the final few positions. If they were able to compete with a dominant Nationals’ rotation this past season, than they could potentially overtake them in 2013.
From pondering upon moving on, the Dodgers got their guy, and simultaneously proved once again that money is no object for them.