Zack Greinke is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ladies and gentlemen. 2012′s biggest free agent prize is headed to Los Angeles as the the right-hander has agreed to a six-year contract worth $147MM with the Dodgers according Gina Miller, who first broke the signing. As always the deal is still pending a physical before it becomes official.
Greinke, 29, had multiple suitors this winter, though the Dodgers were the clear favorite from the very beginning. The Angels and Rangers were among also his suitors. The Rangers gave the Dodgers a good run and speculation had been growing that the Rangers may be close to signing Greinke over the past couple of days, rumors began being whispered that the Dodgers may back off and pursue other options.
The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched to a 3.48 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 212 1/3 innings split between the Brewers and Angels last season, he also put up his fourth 200+ inning season in the last five years.
Greinke’s deal immediately crushes Matt Cain‘s record for the largest contract given to a right-handed pitcher in baseball history. Cain signed a five-year, $112.5MM deal with the Giants earlier this year. Greinke’s contract is actually more comparable to the six-year, $144MM deal given to Cole Hamels by the Phillies this summer. But the big deal here is, Greinke’s new deal nets him a $24.5MM average annual salary giving him the new record for a pitcher on a multi-year contract, surpassing CC Sabathia‘s $24MM average annual salary.