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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke will stay in the National League West, but not with the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. Instead, the Arizona Diamondbacks offered Greinke a contract he could not refuse. Just hours after David Price was introduced in Boston, Greinke agreed to a 6 year $206 mil deal with the Diamondbacks.

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Greinke will lead a Diamondback pitching staff that had the 8th worst ERA in the MLB last season.   Arizona sent Wade Miley to the Boston Red Sox before the start of the 2015 season, which led to Rubby De La Rosa leading the team with 32 starts (14 wins, 4.67 ERA).  Jeremy Hellickson and Chase Anderson were second on the team with 27 starts.  Hellickson was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in November.  

Patrick Corbin returned from Tommy John surgery and made 16 starts (6 wins), finishing with a 3.62 ERA.  Corbin and Greinke will make for a solid top of the rotation.  Add to that, the possible signing of Japanese pitcher Kanta Maeda and the Diamondbacks all of a sudden have a solid rotation.

The Diamondbacks lost Archie Bradley for most of the season when he was hit in the head with a comebacker before battling a shoulder injury.

Brad Ziegler took over the closer role and they traded Addison Reed to the New York Mets.  As a team, the bullpen finished with an average ERA (3.56) but they had one of the lowest K/9 rates at 7.99.

Since 2010, Greinke ranks 5th with 92 wins.  Of the five pitchers with 90+ wins, Greinke has lost the least games, 40.    He is also one of seven pitchers (1,000ip) with a 4+ K/BB.

Greinke will have plenty of run support, thanks to an offense led by Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock that scored the 8th most runs in all of baseball last season.

Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Zack  Greinke