Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
The Los Angeles Dodgers got their man in Zack Greinke, pending a physical, while paying a hefty price to reel him from other serious suitors, according to reports.
Once the deal is made official, Greinke would be on the receiving end of the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher in terms of annual average salary. The deal would pay the right-handed starting pitcher $24.5 million per season, which would surpass CC Sabathia's annual record of $24.4 million he received from the New York Yankees.
Greinke found himself as the beneficiary of clearly being the top free agent available this offseason while also creating a bidding war between the Dodgers, whose new ownership has shown a proclivity for free-spending, and his other potential suitors, including the Texas Rangers.
Los Angeles now has two former Cy Young winners in their starting rotation with left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw being the other.