Zack Greinke went into the off-season last year looking to become one of the highest-paid pitchers in all of MLB.
Greinke ended up getting a six-year, $159 million deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers but with his recent numbers, there was no reason at all for that contract and the Dodgers are going to come back to regret it. Greinke went 15-5 last season with a 3.48 ERA pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels.
I understand that after going 16-6 the year before that would make Greinke 31-11 over the last two seasons, which is right up there with the best in the game. My problem is that for the money he is earning, the ERA has to be much lower than 3.48.
Greinke was 16-8 in 2009 with a 2.16 ERA, and for a pitcher that is going to get paid $19 million this season and $25 or 26 million the five years after that, Greinke’s ERA must be around that instead of the numbers he is putting up.
I won’t dispute that Greinke’s value is the win-loss ratio because I would want a pitcher that went 31-11 as well, but for a pitcher that has dealt with some problems in his life, what is going to happen if the boos rain down on him?
Greinke may not be able to deal with that happening to him while pitching for a team that is expected to make the World Series. This is a season where people need to be watching Greinke for more than just his wins and losses.
If Greinke melts down for the Dodgers, the fans and the team aren’t going to put up with a .500 pitcher making $25 million a season because it won’t be worth it.