Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM has the full financial breakdown of Zack Greinke’s new six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers — the most amount of money ever promised to a right-hander.
2013: $17 million
2014: $24 million
2015: $23 million
2016: $24 million
2017: $23 million
2018: $24 million
Greinke will also receive a $12 million signing bonus, and he can opt out of the deal after the 2015 season.
The contract does not include a no-trade clause, but Greinke will be allowed to become a free agent the following winter if he’s dealt. The 29-year-old is expected to be introduced at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.
It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.
Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.
Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.