Zack Greinke, reflecting on his signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason, didn’t mince words recently when addressing the motivating factor for his decision. Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year deal with Dodgers, says one thing held sway first and foremost: money. “I could play for the worst team if they paid the most,” Greinke said in an interview with CBSSports.com. “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.” Greinke’s deal, completed in December, was the second-most lucrative in history for a pitcher, trailing only the $161 million deal CC Sabathiasigned with the New York Yankees in 2009. During his introductory news conference, Greinke had hinted at the reasons for a change in heart from signing with the Rangers, who he said had at one time been the favorite to gain his services. “But that changed there at the end,” said Greinke, the 2009 Cy Young Award winner with the Royals, before adding that money was “what it gets to at the end.” Greinke, in his interview with CBSSports.com, said he didn’t regret holding out despite previous offers by such teams as the Nationals as he bided his time waiting for free agency. “I wanted to see it,” Greinke said. “If it was going to be only one year for $1 million, I wanted to see for myself.”
Preach! Gotta get paid! I respect the shit out of this. Personally speaking, I think after a certain point, you have enough millions and it might be more worthwhile to sign with a team for other factors. But thats just me. After I made a zillion dollars I’d rather play for a winner than finish in last place every year.
But if you’re like Zack Greinke and don’t really give a fuck about that, then you absolutely should not be vilified for thinking this way. Get as much money as fast as you possibly can. No shame in that game, no matter what your profession is.