Zack Greinke’s no-brainer decision just exacerbated a massive off-season headache for a dozen or so teams.
Greinke’s Friday night was probably better than yours – he accepted a six-year, $206 million contract offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks that will give him the highest average annual salary, $34.2 million, in major league history.
As glorious as that must have been for Greinke – along with wife Emily, 4-month-old son Bode and even Bode’s unborn grandchildren – it was also a pretty great night for Johnny Cueto.
Over in Japan, Kenta Maeda might have polished off a late breakfast Saturday morning and grinned at his good fortune.
And suddenly, life’s looking pretty grand for Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija and even Ian Kennedy.
See, while Greinke got Zuckerberg-rich, his decision to join the Diamondbacks left a gaggle of pitching-hungry perennial contenders grasping at what’s left of the free agent pitching market.
It was a deep and glorious class, but now the top three options – Greinke, David Price (to the Red Sox, for $217 million) and Jordan…