The Dodgers’ bullpen squandered another lead Tuesday. Only the opponent and venue changed from the general plotline the Dodgers observed in San Francisco. The game story is here. The box score is here.
PHOENIX — The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks both did something interesting this off-season by deferring payments on some fairly large contracts.
The Diamondbacks will be paying Zack Greinke only $144 million of his estimated $206.5 million contract over the life of his six-year contract. The Dodgers will be paying Scott Kazmir through 2021 even though it’s only a three-year, $48 million deal.
Count Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among the fans of National League baseball.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Kershaw said he’s pleased with commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to table discussion of bringing the designated hitter rule to the NL.
“It’s just a better game. It really is,” Kershaw said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.
“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”
Here’s video of Kershaw speaking today about losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks and his off-season training:
I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.
A few things to consider for perspective:
Zack Greinke has signed a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, reportedly worth
$195 $206.5 million. Magic Johnson said that Greinke was the Dodgers’ number-one priority as recently as Tuesday, but the co-owner acknowledged that an “off the charts” offer could change things.
No baseball player has ever received a higher average annual value than the reported
$32.5$34.42 million going to Greinke — the literal definition of “off the charts.”
Simple question: Do you agree with the decision to let Greinke walk?