Zack Greinke to sign with Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zack Greinke

Pitcher Zack Greinke will sign a six-year, $206.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, once he passes a physical. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Pitcher Zack Greinke has a contract agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

According to multiple reports, Greinke will receive a six-year contract. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the contract will pay a total of $195 million, or $32.5 million per season, the highest ever for a baseball player. According to multiple reports, Greinke will receive $206.5 million total, for a record average value of $34.42 million per season.

Greinke, 32, led the major leagues with a 1.66 earned-run average in 2015, and finished as the runner up to Jake Arrieta for the National League Cy Young Award.

After star left-hander David Price signed with the Boston Red Sox for seven years and $217 million — a contract that became official today — Greinke was said to be seeking a higher average annual value. He got it.

Greinke opted out of the final three years and $77 million of his contract in October. His departure leaves the Dodgers with a large void behind Clayton Kershaw in their starting rotation. Kershaw and Greinke accounted for 35 wins in 2015; the rest of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers combined for 29.

Because Greinke rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer after the season, Arizona will forfeit its first pick (13th overall) in the 2016 draft and every other team — including the Dodgers — moves up one slot. The Dodgers also receive a compensation-round pick.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.