Rangers rumors: Zack Greinke gave Texas chance to beat Dodgers’ offer

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that his decision on where to sign this offseason was all about the money. Greinke also led Heyman to believe he gave the Texas Rangers a chance to beat the Dodgers’ offer before he ultimately signed with LA.

Greinke was refreshingly honest about the money he was seeking in free agency:

“It's obviously the No. 1 thing,'' Greinke said. “I could play for the worst team if they paid the most … If the last place team offers $200 million and the first-place team offers $10, I'm going to go for the $200-million no matter what team it was.''

The bidding for Greinke ultimately came down to the Dodgers and Rangers. Based on his comments, it appears that the Rangers had an opportunity to increase their offer and claim the top free agent pitching prize. Instead, the right-hander ended up going to the free-spending Dodgers, where he joins a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw.

The Rangers projected rotation is strong, as it includes Derek Holland, Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando. However, Texas is left with questions surrounding their No. 5 starter, remaining payroll flexibility and the thought of what-if when it comes to having Greinke leading their staff.

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One Response to Rangers rumors: Zack Greinke gave Texas chance to beat Dodgers’ offer

  1. What happen to playing for the love of the game? I would foam at the mouth to play for $100,000.00 a year NOT $1,000,000.00. Money has hurt the game more than the PED users. I would greatly love to see the 70's and 80's back when owners AND players were more loyal to fans and cities for the love of it. Not too many Tony Gwynn's or Cal Ripken, Jr's left in the world.


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