While we often suspect that our favorite professional athletes are signing with one team or another because of the money, we don’t often hear them come right out and say it. New Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke isn’t ashamed to admit he tends to go to whatever team will pay him the most money.
Greinke signed a six year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers over the winter. Greinke told CBSSpports.com that the fact that L.A. was willing to offer him the most money was the deciding factor in where he ended up, adding:
“It’s obviously the No. 1 thing. I could play for the worst team if they paid the most … 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.”
Zack Greinke is just being honest about what drives him when it comes down to decision time. That doesn’t mean that the pitcher doesn’t care about winning or that he doesn’t prefer one league over another.
The Sporting News reports that Greinke likes the National League better than the American League despite only playing in the NL for 1.5 seasons. Greinke was with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 until being traded to the Los Angeles Angels in mid-2012.
By returning to the National League, it appears that Greinke will be having a little more fun as he claimed that watching American League ball wasn’t as exciting, saying:
“It’s boring watching American League games to me. With the Angels we had (Mike) Trout, (Albert) Pujols, (Mark) Trumbo, (Kendrys) Morales and (Torii) Hunter, but it wasn’t as much fun as watching Milwaukee’s team. There’s much more strategy. I don’t know anyone who likes the American League games better. Maybe some fans do. But if you’re not an actual DH, you probably prefer the National League.”
Zack Greinke spent his first seven seasons in the American League with the Kansas City Royals. Over the course of his career, Greinke has gone 91-78 and posted a career earned run average of 3.77 while winning 16 games in a season twice.