The LA Dodgers introduced their $147-million man, Zack Greinke, Tuesday. His salary is a record-setter for a right-handed pitcher. Mario Solis reports from Dodger Stadium for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2012.
Zack Greinke put on his Dodger cap and jersey Tuesday afternoon among a swarm of reporters as the team welcomed its newly acquired starting pitcher to Los Angeles.
Although a record-setting six-year, $147 million deal helped bring the right-hander northbound on the 5 Freeway from Anaheim, it was a chance at a title that clinched it.
"Besides the money, the No. 1 (reason) was to have the team that could have a chance to win a World Series for several years," Greinke said at Tuesday's news conference.
While weighing offers, the 29-year-old said he jotted down the batting orders of all his suitors.
"…it made me realize how good the offense is on this team …before I did that I didn't realize that [the Dodgers] were that good. There's a lot of talent in this organization," Greinke said.
The acquisition of the Cy Young winner is part of the Dodgers recent spending spree, ushered in as part of a new era led by Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Baseball Management, which acquired the team earlier this year.
Greinke's price tag pushes the team's 2013 payroll above $225 million, also an MLB record.
At Tuesday's news conference, when asked about the Dodgers spending habits, Johnson took the podium for a brief moment.
"I can answer that real quick and let Zack get back. We want to win," said Johnson to laughter and applause from the crowd.
Greinke is expected to play a prominent role in the Dodgers rotation -- arguably one of the best in the majors -- hurling alongside Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett and newly acquired Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Ryu was part of the latest Dodger talent infusion at a price tag of $36 million.
Before signing with the Dodgers, Greinke pitched for Anaheim (2012), Milwaukee (2011-2012) and Kansas City (2004-2010). His career stats include a 3.77 ERA, 91 wins and 78 losses. Through 13 games in Anaheim this year, Greinke went 6-2 in 89.1 innings with a 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.