Top 5 Destinations for Free Agent Zack Greinke
Top 5 Destinations for Free Agent Zack Greinke
Starter Zack Greinke is considered the No. 1 free agent pitcher this off-season after Matt Cain and Cole Hamels signed multi-year deals with their respective teams earlier this season. This means several ball clubs will be fighting for a chance to sign the former Cy Young Award winner.
Greinke will be looking for a five to six year contract worth around $100 million. Even though the perception of Greinke is that he is an ace, many people will still question if he is worth this kind of money. The right-hander has put up decent numbers since winning the Cy Young Award in 2009, but has shown the inability to come up big when it matters most. However, he will still acquire a big contract because of the lack of competition at the position.
Greinke posted a 15-5 record with a 3.48 earned run average and 200 strikeouts in 34 starts with the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels this past season. He was traded from Milwaukee to Los Angeles as the Brewers felt their season was lost. Greinke pitched decently for Los Angeles as he went 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA, but was not what the team had in mind when they traded for him.
Teams that will go after Greinke are the organizations that either have clinched a postseason berth this past season or are on the cusp of a playoff run. Several big-market teams will put in a bid for the 29-year-old because they feel another solid arm will bolster their rotation enough to make a legitimate run at a World Series title. The following slides are the top five destinations for Greinke this off-season.
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5. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox cleared plenty of space after their mega-trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers to sign a big name player this off-season. Boston needs help at several positions but a quality starting pitcher is certainly at the top of their list. The Red Sox have enough money to go head-to-head with any team that wants to sign Greinke, but it is more of a matter of need. The team will certainly not spend it all on one player and may bow out early to initiate a secondary plan.
4. Milwaukee Brewers
It would certainly be something if the Brewers were able to bring back Greinke after moving him at the trade deadline. It is no secret Greinke thoroughly enjoyed his time in Milwaukee and would love to be a part of the team once again. The only thing he loves more though is a $110 million, multi-year contract. The Brewers will put in a bid for the starter and Greinke will definitely have a sit down during the winter meetings with the ball club out of respect. However, if big market teams bring their check book then Milwaukee is out of luck.
3. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are going to do everything in their power to ensure Greinke stays in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future. The organization parted ways with three of their top 10 prospects to acquire Greinke and did not even make the postseason, even though that was the entire purpose of their bid. As of right now, Greinke has not given Los Angeles any idea on his plans to return to the team, which has certainly put a kink in their armor. The Angels have several decisions to make regarding free agents and even though they want Greinke back, they cannot wait around forever for him to decide.
2. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers lost out on the bidding war for Greinke at the trade deadline and it cost them dearly. There is no question Texas would have gotten further then the single-elimination Wild Card game with Greinke on the team, as they would have most likely won the division. The Rangers now have another chance to acquire the starter and will have the money to outbid several other teams. With Greinke as the ace and Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis behind him in the rotation, Texas will have a solid starting pitching core to make a deep postseason run.
1. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves were another team interested in Greinke at last year’s trade deadline. Despite having two solid teams the last two seasons, Atlanta has a 0-1 postseason record to show for it. Signing Greinke to a long-term deal will bolster the rotation and add to the decent depth the Braves already have. Atlanta now must compete with a talented Washington Nationals team in the NL East, which means they will do whatever it takes to win the division. Not to mention, Greinke enjoys pitching in the National League where he has gotten familiar with the hitters and he also gets to bat.