With the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings now over and no big names signed during the four days in Nashville, eyes continue to be on where Zack Greinke will end up. Greinke has many options out there but it appears it is down to the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. With the way Greinke is however, I think the best option for him would be heading to Texas.
As you may remember, Greinke suffered from social anxiety disorder when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, and had to miss time getting treatment. I know from first-hand experience that social anxiety disorder is a terrifying thing to have along with depressio – Greinke needs a city that isn’t huge so he can feel comfortable in it. He had that in Kansas City and with the Milwaukee Brewers; and while he played late last season for the Los Angeles Angels, he would likely feel more comfortable taking his talents to Arlington and the Rangers.
Greinke will get his six or seven years for over $160 million in the end no matter what team he chooses, but I think the comfort factor will definitely be a major thing when he does make his decision in the next couple of weeks. The team that gets Greinke, whether it is the Rangers or Dodgers, becomes an instant World Series contender with the pitching talents already on both of those teams. The rest of the free-agent market along with fans in Texas and Los Angeles all wait with bated breath for this decision.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.