Zack Greinke is headed back to Los Angeles, but he won't be re-signing with the Angels. The right-hander has agreed to a six-year contract worth $147MM with the Dodgers according Gina Miller of TXA21 (Twitter links). Greinke is represented by Casey Close of Excel Sports Management and the contract is still pending a physical.
Greinke, 29, was the free agent market's top pitcher and top overall player according to MLBTR's Tim Dierkes. The Angels and Rangers were among his suitors. 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, his fourth 200+ inning season in the last five years. Dierkes predicted he would re-sign with the Halos. Check out where you rank in our Free Agent Prediction Contest Leaderboard.
Greinke's deal smashes Matt Cain's record for the largest contract given to a right-handed pitcher in baseball history. Cain signed a five-year, $112.5MM pact with the Giants earlier this year. Greinke's contract is comparable to the six-year, $144MM deal given to Cole Hamels by the Phillies this summer. It's worth noting that neither Cain nor Hamels were free agents at the time of their deals. Greinke's $24.5MM average annual value is the new record for a pitcher on a multi-year contract, surpassing CC Sabathia's $24MM average annual salary with the Yankees.