Well shy of early reports of $160-$170 million, Los Angeles Dodgers and free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke agreed to a six-year, $147 million deal Saturday night.
The deal will not contain a no-trade provision and is pending a physical, which is expected to be completed on Monday.
The 29-year-old right-hander started last season with Milwaukee and was later traded to the Angels, going a combined 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA, making him one of the top free agent arms this off-season.
Greinke’s best season in 2009, when won the AL Cy Young Award pitching for the Kansas City Royals. That year, he was 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. His career K/BB ratio of 3.51 ranks ninth among active pitchers.
Adding Greinke gives the Dodgers a ridiculously deep rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly, Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett.
It also means the 2013 Dodgers will have the largest payroll in MLB history, barring any significant trades or designations between now and opening day.