Published on 10 December 2012
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It was a busy weekend with trades and key signings becoming official. We finally know where Zack Greinke will be for the next six years. After announcing that they were backing off the right handed pitcher, the Los Angeles Dodgers are all in now as Greinke signed a six-year deal with an average $24.5 annual salary. As ridiculous as I think the contract is for Greinke, this is the going rate these days. Does anyone else remember in 1993 when Greg Maddux became a free agent and he had two offers that were thought to be over the moon? The Yankees offered Maddux 5 years for $34 million and the Atlanta Braves offered 5 years for $28 million. Maddux chose the Braves, but when you think of bench mark players in the history of the game, I wonder what Maddux would get today of Greinke can get what he got from the Dodgers.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers and Zack Greinke agreed to a six year $147 million deal. Greinke can opt out of the contract after the third year and become a free agent just after Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez all get their new deals. I do not want to sound like a Greinke detractor, but for this kind of money I want a guy that can give me 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series. When C.C. Sabathia was in Milwaukee, he took the ball on three days rest a few times coming down the stretch to put the Brewers into the playoffs. I just don’t put Greinke on that level for these kinds of the dollars. Greinke has a 6.48 post-season ERA. He is the fourth Dodger to average $20MM or more a season on his contract, joining Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Matt Kemp.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of left-handed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year contract. Ryu has gone 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA in 190 career games.
- The Dodgers have 8 major league starters on their roster: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, and Aaron Harang. Lilly and Billingsley are still working their way back from injuries so the Dodgers depth may not appear what is seems on the surface. Capuano and Harang are in play to be traded, but the trade value will be 50 cents on the dollar.
- The Cincinnati Reds and Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year deal for $15 million.
- The Texas Rangers traded Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and a minor league pitcher. Young is a great leader, great person. Young will have the opportunity to play every day. The Rangers have so much depth right now that trading Young, who would have most likely been in a utility role in Texas, gets a couple arms.
- The Kansas City Royals acquired James Shields and Wade Davis for their No. 1 prospect, outfielder Will Myers, pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Unless the Royals are able to resign Shields in the next two years to a long-term contract, they will be "royally screwed" for making this deal. Myers is not your average prospect. He was the consensus minor league player of the year and he has huge upside. Shields should provide a big boost to the Royals' pitching staff in 2013 and 2014, but how Myers develops as a big league hitter will ultimately determine if this trade works for both sides, or if one team is a clear winner. Myers should be a candidate to start in a corner-outfield spot on Opening Day.
- The Cleveland Indians and Mark Reynolds agreed to a one-year contract. Reynolds is going to play first base for the Tribe.
- This date in baseball history – 1919 National League outlawed the SPITBALL