Just one day after the Texas Rangers reportedly “blew away” free agent Zack Greinke with a huge contract
offer, the tides have turned and Greinke will not be heading to Texas. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a six-year contract worth $147 million.
Greinke, 29, was the top pitcher in this year’s free agent class after going 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA while striking out 200 batters in 212.1 innings pitched. Over the last four seasons, he has a 3.39 ERA and a stellar 3.86 K/BB rate with the Royals, Brewers, and Angels.
Grainke signing was really the first step in opening up the trade market for R.A. Dickey. This is very significant because the Rangers, who are desperately looking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher, now will have to look for other options. James Shields is still on the market the Rangers can acquire via trade and Anibal Sanchez is still a free agent, but this was the first domino that had to fall in order for the Mets to trade Dickey at all. The losers now may become more aggressive with their offers to the Mets.