Free agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke to sign with the…Arizona Diamondbacks?! Yep, you heard that right.  Zack Greinke is to be a Diamondback, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The Diamonbacks won the Greinke sweepstakes because of there willingness to go six years. His deal will be worth $206 million.

Greinke had nothing short of a historic year in 2015. He had a 1.66 era in 222 innings. He was runner up to Jake Arrieta for the American League Cy Young Award.

Although the Diamonbacks were 79-83, most think they are not far away from competing.  With Paul Goldschmidt in the middle of their lineup and the best defense in baseball, a legitimate ace may put them over the top.  It could, however, also be a huge risk.  The Diamondbacks payroll last year was $88, and they will be paying Greinke $31 million a season.

The Dodgers are now obviously in a little bit of trouble.  The have another division competitor, and a shallow starting rotation.  I expect they may consider pursuing Johnny Cueto.  There are plenty of starters on the market, but the Dodgers relied heavily on a strong 1-2 last season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made their mark.

 

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