It was expected Zack Greinke would become a very rich man this winter, but his camp believes Greinke will sign a history-making contract, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Greinke camp confident he will not only become highest paid RHS in baseball history but might even surpass the Hamels deal— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 25, 2012
Matt Cain is currently the highest-paid right-hander in baseball. This April, the San Francisco Giants signed him to a five-year, $112.5 million contract. Cole Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million extension with the Philadelphia Phillies in July.
Over the past five seasons, Greinke has amassed a higher WAR than both Cain and Hamels, according to FanGraphs. Greinke has been a 28.5 WAR pitcher since 2008, with Hamels at 21.1 and Cain at 19.2. The highest-paid player in baseball, CC Sabathia, has tallied 31.1 WAR over that span.
Greinke split last season between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels, posting a 3.48 ERA while striking out 200 batters over 212 1/3 innings pitched. The 29-year-old made $13.5 million each of the past two seasons.