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#pounditTuesday, April 13, 2021

Zack Greinke signs with Diamondbacks in stunner

Zack Greinke

All reports indicated Zack Greinke was going to make a decision regarding his free agency by the end of the week. He made good on that. But one thing Greinke did that caught us all off guard was choose the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that really hadn’t been considered a contender for his services. Yet the D-backs pulled off a stunner with one of their biggest signings in franchise history.

Greinke agreed to a six-year deal with the Diamondbacks, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman first reported. The deal is pending a physical.

Greinke, 32, finished second in NL Cy Young award voting last season. He went 19-3 with the Dodgers and combined with Clayton Kershaw to give the Los Angeles squad a powerful 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation the past three seasons.

Greinke gets to remain in the NL West — a division with which he is familiar — and he’ll be able to continue to hit, which is something he enjoys. He also must feel strongly about the future of the Diamondbacks as they have some good young talent like Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock.

According to Heyman, the Dodgers offered Greinke a five-year deal worth $31 million annually.

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