It seems a little annoying to keep seeing articles out there talking about Zack Greinke, who is now no longer a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he is a major part of this season despite him not being here so he should be discussed a little bit.

The Diamondbacks signed Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract this offseason, and it was somewhat lauded by pundits because he will most certainly help Arizona try to become a viable National League West contender for a while. However, it was also a massive overpay. How much? Well ..


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From Cliff Corcoran of Sports Illustrated dot com:

The Diamondbacks did well to limit Greinke to six years, but they exploded his price, paying him for a fluke season that is already in the past just as the Orioles are paying Davis for what is likely to be a short-lived peak.

As Corcoran goes on to note in the section about Greinke, the Diamondbacks overpaid him by $61.7 million. In case you were wondering, the TOTAL guaranteed money due to Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda is $73 million. Arizona nearly overpaid Greinke by what the Dodgers signed those two for.

If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, well, it is. There’s no other way to say it. Greinke’s 2015 season, which Corcoran talks about, was a supreme outlier for the right-hander. Add in Greinke’s advanced age — he’s already 32 years old — and you can see why the Dodgers didn’t pony up the dough.

While fans are quite a bit annoyed that Los Angeles didn’t make a massive offer to retain Greinke’s services, you also have to remember that you don’t want to overpay talent when competing against the market. There has to be a limit. The Dodgers exercised their limit, and it led to Greinke leaving.

The Dodgers’ loss in this instance was Arizona’s gain, but how much of a gain was it for Arizona when they’ve, at least according to this study, overpaid him by close to $62 million? They overpaid him by a ton. We’ll see it if it comes back to haunt them, but the Dodgers seem to have made the right move.

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Justin Russo is a 30-year old sports enthusiast who dabbles in all forms of sports talk. Whether that talk revolves around the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or other leagues, he has an opinion. He works as a writer for Warriors World, and was formerly a writer and editor for ClipsNation on the SB Nation network. He also is the Editor-in-chief for But The Game Is On: The Beat.

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