Starting pitcher Zack Greinke is introduced as a Los Angeles Dodger on Dec. 11, 2012.
There was no question who the Texas Rangers' No. 1 target was in free agency this winter, and of course, as we all now know, they swung and missed on him.
That was newly-inked Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, who went across LA from the Rangers' archrival Angels to make a huge money grab by signing with the suddenly cash-rich Dodgers, signing a $147 million deal in December.
Greinke didn't try to hide his No. 1 reason for choosing the Dodgers over the Rangers, which might cause some folks to cringe, when talking to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
"It's obviously the No. 1 thing," Greinke told Heyman of the size of the Dodgers' offer. "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."
There's also been rumors that Greinke told "anonymous sources" that he told the Rangers to beat the Dodgers offer and he'd go there, seemingly meaning he would have rather played in Texas than LA, but the Rangers wouldn't do it, probably wisely so.