“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
That’s what Jake Arrieta hopes is going through the head of free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke right now.
Greinke finished second in NL Cy Young voting behind Arrieta, and now Arrieta said he’ll try to recruit the right-hander to Chicago.
As good as Arrieta was in 2015, Greinke actually finished with a better ERA (1.66) and WHIP (0.84). His ERA was the lowest in the majors in 20 years.
Wherever he ends up, Greinke won’t come cheap. He’s expected to sign a five or six-year deal worth at least $30 million a year.
Most recently with the Dodgers, Greinke owns a 3.35 ERA and 3.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his 12-year big-league career.
Of the stud free-agent pitchers, David Price is believed to be the guy most likely to sign with the Cubs, but Greinke isn’t out of the question.
Jake Arrieta’s 13 best games of 2015
All stats via Baseball Reference.