Baseball executives see star free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke landing a deal for at least six years and perhaps as much as $25 million a year, which could bring Greinke’s total haul to $150 million.
The presence of both Los Angeles teams in the bidding is likely to benefit Greinke, who should easily set a record for pay for a right-handed pitcher.
Giants star Matt Cain set the record for salary for right-handers when he signed in spring training for $112.5 million over five years, an extension that took him to $127.5 million over six years. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has the per-season record salary on a multiyear deal at $24 million, while fellow lefty CC Sabathia of the Yankees has the record contract for a pitcher, at $161 million over seven years.
While Greinke isn’t quite as accomplished as Cole Hamels, who signed during last season for $144 million over six years, a case could be made that Hamels might have gotten even a bit more than that had he chosen to test the free-agent market rather than re-sign with his old team.
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