Back in 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Zack Greinke came to an agreement on a six-year deal worth $206.5 million. But three seasons into that stint, the Diamondbacks are looking to trade him. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, they are extensively shopping him.
The #Dbacks aren’t bothering to hide it, they are extensively shopping Greinke, who had fabulous season once again, but realize they will have to pay portion of the remaining $104.5 million remaining in his contract. Be interesting if they packaged Greinke and Goldschmidt.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 16, 2018
It’s probably best to ignore that last part. They would never package Greinke and Goldschmidt in the same deal. But the other part is right — the D-Backs know dang well that they’d have to pay a pretty good portion of his remaining salary. And it’s not like he’s been bad with the Diamondbacks either. It’s just that they’re likely going nowhere in terms of a championship. Patrick Corbin is coming off the best season of his career, and he’s likely to leave in free agency.
As for Greinke, he has a 3.53 ERA and 3.68 FIP over 568.2 innings of work. He still struck out 23.7% of opposing batters this past season while walking just 5.1% of them. On top of that, he finished with a 3.21 ERA, 3.66 FIP and 3.09 DRA.
So it comes down to two things. One, how much is Arizona willing to pay? And two, who will take a shot on the 35-year-old hurler?