Eight things that cost less than Zack Greinke’s Diamondbacks contract

By Christopher Gaine
Dec 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke puts on a baseball hat during a press conference at Chase Field . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke puts on a baseball hat during a press conference at Chase Field . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Diamondbacks shocked the baseball world this offseason when they inked Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million dollar contract.

What makes this shocking is that the Diamondbacks are not a team that spends money on the free agent market. What’s also shocking is how many exquisite expenditures look cheap in comparison. Here’s a list of eight things that are less expensive than Zack Greinke’s contract:

1)It’s more money than the franchise fee paid by Jerry Colangelo in 1995 to secure Arizona’s expansion franchise.

2) It’s more money than the last three biggest contracts given out in Diamondbacks’ team history—combined. The three biggest contracts previously given out by Arizona were Yasmany Tomas’ six-year, $68 million, Miguel Montero’s five-year, $60 million and Randy Johnson’s four-year, $52.4 million dollar contract. Those three combined come out to around $26 million less than Greinke’s deal.

3) It’s about two-and-a-half times the $81.3 million team payroll of the World Series Champion 2001 Diamondbacks.

4) It’s more money than the construction of 12 current MLB ballparks. That’s right, Greinke costs more than the constructions of Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Camden Yards, Coors Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Tropicana Park, Progressive Field, Globe Life Park, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, O.co Coliseum and Kauffman Stadium all did.

5) It’s 55 times bigger than Catfish Hunter’s record-setting $3.75 million contract with the Yankees in 1974.

6) It’s nearly four times the $66.4 million J.P. Morgan-Chase pays the Diamondbacks to have their name on Chase Field.

7) It’s $6.5 million more than the budget for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s also more than triple the budgets of all three original Star Wars films—combined.

8) It’s 64.5 times what President Obama will make over the eight-year course of his presidency.

So yeah. There’s a lot you can do with $206.5 million.

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