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Why adding Zack Greinke makes sense for the Texas Rangers

La-sp-sn-angels-rays20120729-001The best news for your Texas Rangers coming out of Nashville at MLB's annual winter meetings is that the club is focused on the rotation.

(Also, Per Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, the club remains hopeful it's going to keep Josh Hamilton.)

The team also appears to be among the two finalists to land Los Angeles Angels right-handed starter Zack Greinke. The other team is the L.A. Dodgers. According to Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, it's a two-team race for Greinke.

The way the winter meetings usually go, this means Greinke will sign with the Rockies.

It's really hard not to like a potential rotation of:
Yu Darvish
Zack Greinke
Matt Harrison
Derek Holland
Alexi Ogando/Neftali Feliz/Colby Lewis 

ZackattackFat contracts for pitchers are a serious dice roll, but there are reasons to think Greinke will be "worth" the $160 million he is expected to sign for.

Greinke is 29, and he does not get hurt. He doesn't look like a pitcher who will get hurt. His delivery is simple, he is in good shape, and he looks like a guy who will eat innings for the duration of his contract.

As free agent pitchers go, don't expect a career year every season. Just hope they are consistent and remain healthy for the duration of the contract. Greinke looks like one of those Atlanta Braves pitchers of years past who pitched effectively forever.

Greinke has averaged about 30 starts per season for the past five years. He is 91-78 with a 3.77 ERA in his nine year MLB career.

I would rather see the Rangers add Greinke than keep Hamilton.

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.377 ERA over 9 years?!?! He should get $160 million per game.



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