He may be 55 years old now, but Fernando Valenzuela is still proving himself to be a national treasure.
The legendary Dodgers pitcher made an appearance at the Dodgers FanFest event on Saturday, taking the stage and throwing some shade at righthander Zack Greinke for leaving the team over the winter, per Dodgers Nation.
After three seasons in a Dodgers’ uniform, Greinke signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks in December, despite LA’s attempts to convince the three-time All-Star to re-sign.
Greinke was about as good as they come in 2015, going 19-3 with 200 strikeouts and a league-leading 1.66 ERA. He also finished second in NL Cy Young Award voting and won his second career Gold Glove Award.
But Valenzuela, who was a Dodger the first 11 years of his MLB career, clearly takes a lot of pride in being a part of the organization (he has since returned to the team as their Spanish-language color commentator since 2003). So it’s easy to see why he doesn’t have a lot of respect for those who don’t feel the same way.
It’s too bad, really. Greinkemania was almost a thing.
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.
With one major free agent pitcher out of the way, Zack Greinke is expected to become the next domino to fall.
Reports say that Greinke is deciding between re-signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers or signing with their rival San Francisco Giants. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Greinke’s deal could come soon and that it is expected to be for five or six years.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale takes it a step further and says Greinke is expected to sign by the end of the week. He also says the Dodgers are the favorites to retain the pitcher’s services.
Greinke just turned 32, but he is coming off his best season ever. He went 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA in 222.2 innings last season, and that doesn’t even count the extra value he added by batting .224 at the plate. Greinke also only seems to be getting better with age. With the exception of his 2009 AL Cy Young season with the Royals, Greinke’s three best seasons have come in succession since signing with the Dodgers in 2013.
Greinke may be poised to top David Price’s average annual value of $31 million he just signed for.
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly planning to pursue one or both of the top two pitchers on the free agent market this winter.
Appearing on MLB Network Monday afternoon, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said that new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is willing to be the highest bidder for free agent pitcher David Price and/or Zack Greinke. Rosenthal didn’t rule out the possibility of Boston going after both aces, though he later noted that he was simply sharing his opinion.
And Rosenthal isn’t the only plugged-in MLB reporter who has been hearing that the Red Sox plan to spend big. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated said on MLB Network that he believes Price will end up in Boston.
“I believe David Price is going to Boston,” Verducci said, per CSNNE.com. “Dave Dombrowski is all in.”
Both Price and Greinke are expected to command somewhere in the range of $30 million per season over five-plus years, so it is unlikely that the Red Sox will sign both. That said, they certainly have the financial resources to sign both and are coming off back-to-back last-place finishes in the AL East.
Price, who reportedly wants to go to a specific NL team, has some awkward history with Boston. Let’s just say he hasn’t exactly gotten along with David Ortiz in the past, though money has a way of changing stuff like that.
The Giants and Dodgers are huge rivals on the field, and now they could be going head to head for one of the prizes of the free agent market.
Free agent pitcher Zack Greinke is expected to be courted by both teams this offseason. CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Giants are “very much interested in Greinke by all appearances,” while his former employer in Los Angeles remains a factor. Heyman has even heard from a few people that believe the Giants are the favorite for Greinke, but he cautions that that information is purely speculative.
Heyman notes that Greinke will have other suitors, possibly including the Cubs, Cardinals, and Red Sox. Greinke, however, is believed to prefer the National League because he can hit.
You can bet that Dodger fans will be none too pleased if Greinke joins the Giants, but it seems as though it’s a very real possibility. Of course, as we all know, this probably comes down to who offers the most money.
Free agent ace Zack Greinke knows that the Dodgers will do everything in their power to convince him to remain in Los Angeles. But he probably wasn’t expecting the team’s 24-year-old shortstop to go on Twitter and do his best impression of Rihanna, begging the three-time All-Star to stay.
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday as Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez tweeted out what he dubbed his free agent recruiting pitch, busting out a Greinke jersey and puppy dog eyes in an attempt to win over the 32-year-old righty, despite a lack of monetary support.
How can Greinke possibly say no? Hernandez pulled out all the stops: capital letters, the “praying hands” emoji, first-name intimacy, flattery. Every other team in the league might as well just drop their pursuit now.
Greinke, who went 19-3 last season with a league-leading 1.66 ERA, has a good shot of taking home the NL Cy Young Award at month’s end and will obviously fetch a boatload of money on the open market. But with the Dodgers boasting a strong chance at re-signing him, a little adulation from his teammates couldn’t hurt, I suppose.
Hopefully it works out better than the last time the City of Los Angeles got down on its hands and knees to beg one of its marquee free agent players to stay.
Image via Enrique Hernandez on Twitter
H/T Baseball Reddit
Zack Greinke is reportedly exercising an opt out clause in his contract to forego the last three years of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The decision does not come as a surprise, says CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman, particularly after Greinke put up a 1.66 ERA for the Dodgers this season. He should be able to easily eclipse the three years and $71 million that was still owed to him under the terms of his old deal, with Heyman speculating that he could get five years and $150 million.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Greinke’s time with the Dodgers is over. The club will likely try to retain him, and Heyman reports that he is well-liked in the clubhouse and liked this year’s team as well.
That said, virtually every team with a need for pitching and money to spend will at least put out some feelers to Greinke’s agent. He’s not that hard to figure out. When he signed with the Dodgers, he openly admitted that the number one factor was that they offered him the most money. That will likely be the deciding factor this time, too.
Daniel Murphy played the role of hero for the New York Mets Thursday night as they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS. Most of Murphy’s success came with Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke on the mound, and the Wikipedia hackers reacted accordingly.
Murphy, who went 3-for-4 in the game, had an RBI double in the first, scored a run to tie the game in the fourth and delivered a solo home run to break the tie in the sixth. The homer was his third of the series, all of which came off Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
Wikipedia summed the game up nicely:
Greinke actually pitched pretty well, but some mental lapses from the Dodgers in the fourth allowed Murphy to go from first to third on a walk. He later scored on a sacrifice fly. You can see some highlights from Murphy’s incredible night here.
As far as the Wikipedia hack goes, we have seen much worse. If Greinke feels sorry for himself after seeing that, we know an NFL kicker who could tell him it’s not so bad.
Zack Greinke pitched six innings and picked up a win for the Dodgers against the Angels on Monday night. The final score was 7-5, but you would have thought it was 24-23 with the amount of players who took the mound.
A total of 16 pitchers received work in the game. Six pitchers recorded just one out each, and the game took more than four hours to complete. Greinke felt bad for the fans.
Greinke’s opinion was shared by fellow Dodgers starter Brett Anderson.
September call-ups can be important for teams that are trying to evaluate talent, but having 16 pitchers appear in a 7-5 game is just absurd. These are the reasons there are MLB players who openly admit they don’t watch baseball games.
Zack Greinke showed off his bat-flipping ability after homering during Thursday’s game, and he says it’s a skill he learned from one of his previous organizations.
Greinke, who got roughed up for six runs over six innings against the Phillies, helped himself at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the third. He delivered an epic bat flip on the dinger.
So where did he learn how to bat flip like that?
Funny, here I was thinking Yasiel Puig taught him. Greinke is now batting .220 on the season with a .531 OPS. Yes, his batting average is higher than teammate Jimmy Rollins’.