greinke, dodgers in agreement.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2012
After a week that was filled with speculation, Zack Greinke has decided on his new team – - the Los Angeles Dodgers. Greinke has agreed to a six-year, $147 million deal with LA, which is $3 million more than what the Philadelphia Phillies gave Cole Hamels.
For the past few weeks, seemingly, it has been a two-horse between the Dodgers and Texas Rangers for Greinke’s services. With the Dodgers signing Greinke, I would have to assume Josh Hamilton will go back to the Rangers, unless they want absolutely nothing to do with him, which is entirely possible. But what does Greinke mean for the Dodgers?
The 1-2 punch of Greinke and Clayton Kershaw is the best in baseball – - sorry everyone else, but it’s not even close. With those two beasts leading a rotation, it’s World Series or bust for the Dodgers. Even though the San Francisco Giants are the reigning division and World Series champions, one would have to assume the Dodgers will be the favorites heading into 2013, figuring that their roster would have had enough time to gel.
Although they will be the favorites, the NL West is up for grabs. The Arizona Diamondbacks made some solid signings at the winter meetings, and they are coming off a season where they were pretty unlucky.
As of right now, with Greinke, I will be taking the Dodgers to win the NL West, but that definitely isn’t an insult to the Giants or D’Backs, seeing as those are two times I really like as well.
Final Verdict: Fair price for the best pitcher on the market, and since the Dodgers can spend the money, why not?