CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Greinke and the Dodgers are in agreement, and that the contract is only pending a physical. It’ll wind up as a six-year, $147 million pact, which represents the highest annual average committed to a pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.
Yeah, that's a good face to make. Not because you can now buy Los Angeles, because you are going to be driven insane by the LA media. This doesn't seal the deal for a World Series. It just makes for Zack Greinke's anxiety issues to be pushed to the limit when he gets his balls busted for making $24.5 million per season and the Dodgers are under .500.
So, what does this have to do with the Sox? They were never really in on the insanity of chasing Greinke, but the Rangers were. If the Rangers did sign Greinke, they would have likely given up on resigning Josh Hamilton. Take the Rangers out of the picture, and Hamilton is more affordable, maybe by a few pennies, and the Red Sox could have been the highest bidder.
Now, the picture is painted a little more clearly, the Red Sox can forget about Hamilton, and fill in the gaps elsewhere for a lot less money. That will gain the approval of 3/4 of the Ted's Army staff.
Related: Herald: Source: Dodgers try to close deal for Zack Greinke
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