The Dodgers and Zack Greinke parted ways during the winter after he signed a huge 206.5 million dollar contract with the Arizona Dbacks. His annual average salary this season is 34.4 million dollars and so far he has not yet lived up to that type of income. I would offer that he has not been as bad as everyone thought he was. He has shown glimpses of his past self. Certainly a 4.17 ERA over 136 frames is not Greinke like at all.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Dodgers touched base with the Dbacks on trying to reacquire the right hander. It’s not going to happen this season but Rosenthal speculates that there is a possibility of it happening in the winter. The Dbacks could be looking to offload his huge contract.
If you look at his numbers, they are closer to his career averages than you may think. A terrible first month of the season (5.50 ERA in April) is what’s skewed his numbers. Overall Greinke has posted a 12-4 record and has struck out 114 against 29 walks. He’s allowed 140 hits and posted a 3.64 ERA. His walk rate has increased slightly and his strikeout rate has also decreased, but only slightly.
The real problem has lied in his hits allowed per nine innings. Basically Greinke has allowed way too many base runners this season. Last year with the Dodgers he allowed 6.0 per nine, and that has gone up to 9.3 this year in Arizona. Home runs are slightly up too.
I still believe that Greinke is a good pitcher so it is not a surprise to me that the Dodgers discussed reacquiring him recently from the Dbacks. It seems as if the Dbacks are regretting signing him to that mega contract and perhaps Greinke is regretting signing on with them, especially considering the train wreck of a season they’ve had.
Of course many people will say “we told you so”, or “long term contracts never work”. I would advise against using Greinke as an example of this. While Greinke has had a down year in comparison to his 2015 with the Dodgers, he hasn’t been terrible as many people have said he has been.
If you look you’ll see his ERA+ at 105, which is slightly above league average. There was no way he was going to reproduce his historically great 2015 season and switching from pitching at Dodger Stadium to the airport hangar like mall of Chase Field is probably a big reason for the regression. Greinke also missed a month with an oblique injury.
I would never count Greinke out. I would bet that he rebounds next season. Greinke is a smart and savvy athlete and will make the adjustment to pitching in Arizona. With an athletic frame and sharp pitching mechanics, I think he will have a better year and pitch more towards his career norms in 2017.
The Dodgers still wanting him back should tell you something. Greinke is still a very good pitcher. One down year does not change this. Maybe he’s not worth 34 million a year anymore, I don’t know. That would depend how he pitches over the next several seasons. He’s still preformed well enough to be considered.
But boy don’t you think he regrets signing with the lousy Dbacks? Enjoy your October golfing Greinke!