Source: Dodgers close to deal with Zack Greinke

The Los Angeles Dodgers were closing in Saturday on signing the top free-agent pitcher on the market, Zack Greinke, a source told ESPN.

The deal is worth approximately $145 million over six years, a source told ESPN.

The contract will pay Greinke slightly more than the $144 million extension Cole Hamels signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in July, and will be the largest ever for a right-handed pitcher.

In total dollars, Greinke's new deal would be the second most lucrative in history for a pitcher, trailing only the original $161-million deal signed by CC Sabathia in 2009. The Dodgers had been widely viewed as the favorite to sign the 29-year-old Greinke, a one-time Cy Young Award winner, until recent days, when the Texas Rangers emerged as an equally strong suitor for the right-hander.

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