Derwood wrote:If Greinke was available for 4/100, we won't be the only team vying for him
Even at 4/100 there probably aren't a ton of teams that are going to be super excited to bid on paying Greinke 100 million for his age 34-47 seasons. Given how the season has progressed thus far, I'd say the Cubs and Yankees are the two frontrunners, and there's good reason for there to be very few other teams interested/willing to get him. Greinke also has a 15 team no-trade and given his quirkiness I could see some big city names on that list.
It's also worth noting that Greinke's deal has significant deferrals, from Cot's:
- 6 years/$206.5M (2016-21)
- $18M signing bonus (paid in $3M installments each 5/31, 2016-21) 16:$31M, 17:$31M, 18:$31M, 19:$31.5M, 20:$32M, 21:$32M
- total of $62.5M in salary is deferred ($10M each in 2016-18, $10.5M in 2019, $11M each in 2020-21), to be paid in five installments of $12.5M each 11/1, 2022-26
- under MLB calculation, deferrals reduce the present-day value of the contract to $193,849,298
- assignment bonus: $2M if traded
- limited no-trade protection: may block trades to 15 clubs
So it could be a matter of just telling Arizona to worry about the deferred stuff and having his new team take on the money to be paid out on time.