Is Zack Greinke Worth The Gamble?
Zack Greinke is arguably the best free agent commodity on the open market this offseason. The 32-year old is prime for the picking for any General Manager willing to open up the proverbial purse strings and sign the hurler to a lucrative multi-year pact.
The former 1st round pick of the Kansas City Royals is rumored to be seeking a new contract in the neighborhood of 6 year/ $180 million dollars. However, the age old question arises. Is Greinke worth the gamble as the hurler crests the hill toward his twilight years? Nobody can predict when “Father Time” will catch up to the lanky pitcher who has logged nearly 2100 innings in his 12 year career.
Greinke who the books have as a favorite to be anointed the National League Cy Young in the coming days opted out of his 6 year/$147 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after only 3 seasons, leaving $77 million on the table in search of new deal.
His body of work over the past 3 seasons would suggest that he is worth the risk having not compiled an earned run average over 3.00 since 2012 and achieving a personal best this season with a league leading 1.66 earned run average.
Some prognosticators predict Greinke is more of a sure thing than the younger David Price who features more of an unorthodox delivery than that of Greinke. Regardless both pitchers are the crown jewels of the free agent crop and their prospective destinations with lay the foundation for the remainder of the free agent pitching market this winter.
Teams linked to Greinke thus far are the Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs respectively.
With every reward comes an element of risk and Greinke has the talent to bring a huge reward to his potential suitor. A risk well worth taking.