Greinke says he chose LA for World Series winLOS ANGELES - Zack Greinke showed up alone to a mid-November meeting at Dodger Stadium, asking as many questions as he answered. When he left three hours later, the pitcher thought he may have found his new team while the Los Angeles Dodgers brass knew they had to land the top arm on the open market.
They did, signing Greinke to a $147 million, six-year deal that is the richest for a right-hander in baseball history. The Dodgers beat out Texas and the rival Los Angeles Angels, for whom Greinke pitched last season.
The Dodgers haven’t won the World Series since 1988, but that didn’t discourage Greinke.
“Besides the money, the No. 1 [reason] was they have a team that could win a World Series for several years,” he said.
Greinke’s introduction on Tuesday culminated a more than $200 million spending spree by the Dodgers in which they also signed Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, who got a $36 million, six-year deal.