Team loyalty? What’s that?
Apparently for Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, that’s not a high priority. In fact, the contract is what he’s seeking. Sure, winning would be great, but if a mega contract from a losing team was offered, he’d take it. He got a six-year $147 million contract from the Dodgers this offseason.
“It’s obviously the No. 1 thing,” Greinke said. “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.”
This isn’t too crazy. Lots of free agents look for the better contract anyway. But Greinke’s brutal honesty shows that winning isn’t a top priority to him. Even if a winning team offers slightly less money, the contract from the losing team will win the day.
After playing for the piss poor Royals for so long, you’d think Greinke wants some consistent success with his team. Not really. Now we know how his mind operates and quite frankly, I don’t think he’s the only one.
Check out the rest of his interview here. It’s pretty revealing and honest. Greinke echoes a lot of the same feelings of other major leaguers. He’s just the first one recently to make it that public.