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MLB rumors: Zack Greinke seeking $150 million for six years

Greinke, who is the top pitcher on the free-agent market, is looking to cash in with his next contract.

Rick Yeatts

Zack Greinke is unquestionably the top pitcher on the free-agent market this winter and will likely receiving a nine-figure payday when it's all said and done. The 29-year-old starter, who is three years removed from winning the American League Cy Young award, was dealt from the Milwaukee Brewers to Angels back in July and has already begun receiving interest from teams around the league.

According to a report from John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus, Greinke's asking price is $150 million for the next six years.

Greinke went 15-5 this season with a 3.48 ERA over the course of 212 innings on the mound. His ERA is 3.83 since 2010, while his FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) is 3.16. That qualifies Greinke as an ace, and he expects to be paid like one.

For a comparison, Cole Hamels, who has similar career numbers to those of Greinke, received a six-year, $144 million extension this past season with the Philadelphia Phillies. It remains to be seen if a club will give into Greinke's demands or not, but given the lack of proven commodities on the market this offseason, he will be in for a big payday regardless.