Zack Greinke ‘could play for the worst team if they paid the most’

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Zack Greinke Press ConferenceOn the heels of everyone praising Tom Brady for “taking less money” (even if he really isn’t) comes a rather refreshing report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports regarding Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.

Heyman and Greinke discussed the circumstances of his free agency during the offseason and how he decided to sign a six-year, $147-million contract with the Dodgers. And unlike other professional athletes that like to tell us that it’s all about what’s best for the team, Greinke is honest and says it was all about him. So to him, the most important thing was the money and not all the cliché BS that athletes (or the journalists that love them) like to throw around.

Greinke, who got a $147-million, six-year Dodgers deal, is “well spoken, insightful, unfiltered,” general manager Ned Colletti said.

Exactly right. Especially the unfiltered part.

Greinke reads everything, hears everything and seemingly knows everything. He wants the record straight, and he works at keeping it that way.

And money in free agency, to him, was no small thing.

“It’s obviously the No. 1 thing,” Greinke said. “I could play for the worst team if they paid the most. … 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.”

In a weird way, that’s refreshing don’t you think? The man wants to get paid and doesn’t apologize for it. You really can’t be mad at that.

But besides the money, Greinke also had a preference in which league he played in.

“It’s boring watching American League games to me,” Greinke said. “With the Angels we had [Mike] Trout, [Albert] Pujols, [Mark] Trumbo, [Kendrys] Morales and [Torii] Hunter, but it wasn’t as much fun as watching Milwaukee’s team. There’s much more strategy. I don’t know anyone who likes the American League games better. Maybe some fans do. But if you’re not an actual DH, you probably prefer the National League.”

Greinke probably won’t receive the praises for taking the money and running, but maybe he should be praised for at least being honest about it.

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