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Zack Greinke: It IS About the Money

Dodgers NewsWe have all heard it before. It’s not about the money, it’s about respect, it’s about being appreciated, but it’s not about the money. For  Los Angeles Dodgers  starter Zack Greinke   who signed the second-largest contract for a pitcher  in baseball history,  a six-year deal worth $147 million it IS about the money. Greinke’s deal, signed in December, is second only to the $161 million deal CC Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees in 2009.

“I could play for the worst team if they paid the most,” Greinke said in an interview with CBSSports.com. “If the last-place team offers $200 million and the first-place team offers $10, I’m going to go for the $200 million no matter what team it was.”

Greinke’s honesty is refreshing and he admitted that he doesn’t need that much money,  but if someone is going to offer it isn’t going to say no. “The worst comment in the world has got to be when a guy who’s getting $100 million says he wants to ‘take care of my family,’” Greinke said. “Of course, nobody needs $100 million — or even half that — to keep their family going.”

Were Greinke  playing in Boston or New York he might expect to get some flak  for his comments,  especially if he doesn’t get off to a good start. In  Los Angeles not so much,  not that he would care.  Nevertheless Greinke  will be vilified in some circles as greedy  because he wants to make the most money that he possibly can. Seems we do that alot in our culture these days. That won’t happen here. Say what you mean and mean what you say.  It would seem Greinke  fits into that mold. Good on you Zack.


Don is a lifelong baseball fan and loves to look inside the game for stories not everyone sees. He served as a Tampa Bay Rays correspondent for ESPN Fantasy Baseball. His style has been described as direct , and he wont likely change.