Zack Greinke could be a bargain

The righty is even better than he has looked the past few years

Updated: November 20, 2012, 1:15 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory

Zack GreinkeKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireGreinke posted a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts after a midseason trade to the Angels.

With the exception of the shocking Miami Marlins trade and a few relatively small signings, the first few weeks of MLB's offseason have been relatively quiet so far.

However, because baseball is flush with cash thanks to new media deals that double MLB's yearly take from national television, many teams won't be in the mood to be stingy. When baseball's executives descend upon Nashville in two weeks for the winter meetings, enough zeroes and commas will be bandied about to wear out computer keyboards. One of this year's big prizes, Zack Greinke, stands well positioned to benefit from the flow of dollars.

That Greinke is headed for a big payday is no surprise to anyone paying attention, but the question is, just how much is the 29-year-old worth, and how much he can get? A close look at his numbers reveals a pitcher who is as good as any other in baseball and could end up being the bargain of the winter. Allow me to explain.