During the free agency winter of 2012, there is no more sought-after starting pitcher than Zack Greinke.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and an "unnamed expert source" collaborated on an article to predict what the top free agents will sign for.
Heyman believes Greinke will received six years and $150 million while his expert source agrees with the six years, he foresees a $147 million contract.
In other words, somewhere between $24.5 and $25 million annually.
According to Baseball Prospectus' John Perrotto, Greinke has set his asking price:
Zack Greinke's asking price is six and $150M according to someone who knows these things. #MLB— John Perrotto (@jperrotto) November 7, 2012
Should he end up receiving that type of contract, Greinke would be one of the top five earning players in Major League Baseball. Dependent upon the structure of the contract, the only starting pitcher that could earn more in 2013 is Johan Santana.
Not bad for a player with a career 3.77 ERA and a 1.247 WHIP.
TUESDAY 11/13 UPDATE:
The New York Post's Ken Davidoff speculates that Greinke may sign with his team sooner rather than later:
Greinke is his own category. He's indisputedly the best starting pitcher available on the free-agent market. And his actual market is pretty clear: The Angels, having given up some of their best prospects to acquire him in July, badly want to retain him, while the Dodgers and Rangers figure to at least make the Angels sweat out such an ambition.
Whether Davidoff has some inside information the rest of us are not privy to remains to be seen, but it would be kind of a surprise if Greinke did not wait to see what kind of money a Kyle Lohse gets on the open market before taking the big payday himself.
With so few rumors over the weekend, it is hard to see this coming true now, but serious negotiations happen behind closed doors.
Here is the latest on his suitors.