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Zack Greinke set for mega payday

Zack Greinke will leave $77 million on the table by opting out of his contract but could be set to sign a $200 million deal this offseason.

Zack Greinke will leave $77 million on the table by opting out of his contract but could be set to sign a $200 million deal this offseason.

Zack Greinke is giving up $77 million over the next three years to hit free agency this offseason. The 31-year-old right-handed pitcher signed a six-year, $147 million with a Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2013 season and has been clearly lived up to the big numbers. This year, Greinke led the majors with a 1.66 ERA to go with a 0.84 WHIP while going 19-3 with 200 strikeouts in 222.2 innings pitched.

But he is betting that he will get more than that this offseason. And that is probably a great bet. Clayton Kershaw signed a $215 million deal. Max Scherzer signed a $210 million deal. Jon Lester was given a $155 million deal. Greinke is just as good if not better than most of those guys. He’s looking for a big raise that is well deserved.

Even for the Dodgers it might be tough to spend almost half a billion dollars on two pitchers, no matter how great they are. They will surely want to give him a huge deal, but at this moment, Greinke is one of the elite pitchers in baseball and in a class that only a few teams know they can afford him.

It certainly won’t be the Kansas City Royals or Milwaukee Brewers going after him. We’re talking teams like the Dodgers, Angeles, Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers taking aim at him. The Rangers, Phillies or Blue Jays could get in the mix too, but even they are stretches to give out a $200 million deal.

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