Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Greinke agree to 6-year, $147M deal

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The top free agent of this year's class is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers with the largest RHP contract in history.

As reported earlier, Greinke is signing for $147 million over 6 years. Jim Bowden is reporting the deal breaks down to a $12 million signing bonus, $17 million for 2013, and alternating $23M and $24M years for the remainder:

YEAR

DOLLARS

Signing Bonus:

$12,000,000

2013

$17,000,000

2014

$24,000,000

2015

$23,000,000

2016

$24,000,000

2017

$23,000,000

2018

$24,000,000

TOTAL

$147,000,000

Greinke's contract will not include a no-trade clause, also according to Bowden.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to getting their guy in free agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, as first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke would be signing a six-year deal for $145 million, which would be one of the largest deals ever for a pitcher. This is great news for the remaining free agent starting pitchers, such as Anibal Sanchez and Ryan Dempster, who now have a market.

The Los Angeles Angels also worked to re-sign Greinke, but the team seemed to have given hope on bringing the starter back to Orange County. The Texas Rangers also pursued Greinke.

Greinke, who was traded mid-season in 2012, posted a 3.48 ERA across 212 1/3 innings of work last year with theLos Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. The ERA was supported by terrific peripherals of 8.5 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9.

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