Dodgers Win the Zack Greinke Sweepstakes
All of the future television money has finally landed the Dodgers one of the more coveted free agents this offseason. The Dodgers will be signing former AL Cy Young Award winning starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown was among the first to report how close the Dodgers and the 29-year old pitcher was.
The terms of the deal according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
According to Dallas-Fort Worth sports anchor Gina Miller of TXA21:
Greinke came into the league in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals and won the Cy Young Award in 2009 going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA, 1.073 WHIP and 205 ERA+. After the 2010 season he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers where helped lead the Brewers to the NL Central title in 2011 where the Brewers lost in six games in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.
On July 27 Greinke was traded to the Los Angeles Angels to try and help get the Angels into the playoffs. He went 6-2 for the Angels in 13 games with a 3.53 ERA while the Angels floundered to a third place finish in the AL West.
Much will be made of Greinke's issues with anxiety and depression which led him to almost quit baseball after the 2005 season. After sitting out most of the 2006 season and a limited 2007 season, Greinke returned to the rotation in 2008 pitching a 3.47 ERA seemingly putting any questions to rest.
Greinke will help solidify a rotation that already has Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly under contract.
The Dodgers are also courting Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin. After winning the negotiating rights sweepstakes with a bid just north of $25.7 million last month, the Dodgers have until tomorrow to make a deal with Ryu and his agent Scott Boras. The two sides are still far apart.
So I guess this calms down the fears by Dodger fans that they were too quiet during the Winter Meetings this past week.