This offseason is off to a drastically less than ideal start.
Zack Greinke has made his decision, and he’ll be headed to a rival NL West team. No, not the San Francisco Giants like many imagined, but the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sources: Greinke in agreement with #DBacks, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2015
It’s shocking, to say the least, but the Dodgers were reportedly hesitant to add a sixth year, but the Diamondbacks apparently had no issues with it.
Of course, Greinke’s decision still hurts L.A. mightily. He was the team’s best pitcher this past season and now he’ll be heading to a team that they’re in direct competition with.
Other than Kershaw, the Dodgers’ rotation is a question mark and they’re now expected to turn their attention to alternative options like Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir.
The silver lining here are the options this opens up given the Dodgers were going to give this kind of offer, via Jon Heyman:
so LA offer was about 31M per year for 5 yrs. never felt comfortable going 6 for 32-yr-old pitcher.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2015
Honestly, I can’t argue with the Dodgers not wanting to go much further than the five years they originally offered. Greinke would be much too close to 40 years old by the end of the deal and that’s a gamble that almost never works out for organizations hoping to compete in the final year of that kind of deal.
The attention now turns to building a more well-rounded roster and an already hectic winter meetings now becomes essentially a roaming tornado.
Congratulations to Zack, though, on the huge deal.