Zack Greinke is reportedly going to remain in the great Sunshine State, opting to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted earlier that the deal is done. It should be official as of Monday, pending a physical.
The wait is over. Earlier today, it seemed like the Texas Rangers were going to walk away with the top available free-agent pitcher.
What a difference a few hours make.
The six-year $144 million deal is the largest contract ever given to a right-handed pitcher, according to ESPN. Greinke's deal dwarfs the deal Matt Cain signed for five years and $112.5 million earlier this year.
The lesson to be learned here is: If you are a right-handed pitcher, move to California.
In all seriousness though, this move will certainly fall under some scrutiny, simply because of the numbers that are associated with the deal. But if it leads to the Dodgers holding up a World Series trophy at season's end, does it really matter?
I'm sure Don Mattingly is going to bed smiling tonight.
The Dodgers now have one of the most formidable 1-2 punches in MLB. Now that Greinke is joining the ranks with Clayton Kershaw, we can take a look to see where the Dodgers' top two pitchers rank amongst the other top 1-2 combos in MLB.