The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million contract Monday, the second largest contract signed by a pitcher only second to CC Sabathia‘s five-year, $161 million contract signed with the New York Yankees in October 2011.
Greinke’s contract is huge, giving the Dodgers the largest payroll in baseball to date, beating out those evil Yankees in the Bronx. The contract ensures that Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Greinke will all be on the same team for years to come. However, looking at Greinke’s contact, there are some possible issues with it, especially if he does not play out to be the pitcher that everyone believes him to be or if the Dodgers do not win right away.
Greinke’s contract has two opt-out clauses. The first one is after the the 2015 season, Greinke can opt out if so chooses to do. That gives Greinke some leeway if the Dodgers do not win right away. Greinke also has a chance to opt out of his huge contract if he gets traded. More than likely he could get traded if he is under performing or the Dodgers cannot afford his salary in the future.
The 29-year-old has not spent more than one season with a team since his days with the Kansas City Royals. He was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels last season and won 15 games in total. Greinke also won the AL Cy Young award in 2009.
Signing a big contract likes this lets him sleep and could affect his mind as in he does not have to perform to his best because of the big money deal. Hopefully, for the Dodgers, Greinke continues his Cy Young type seasons and will help Los Angeles into the World Series and win a title for the first time since 1988.
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