The L.A. Dodgers emerged as the winners in the race to sign the top free agent pitcher during baseball’s 2012 off season when they announced the signing of 29 year old Zack Greinke.

By signing a six year contract worth $147 million dollars Greinke became the top paid pitcher on a multi year contract with an average salary of $24.5 million per season; Greinke’s salary surpasses that of the New York Yankees C.C. Sabathia who earns an average of $24.4 million per season.

The 2009 American League Cy Young winner joins an expanding piptching staff at the Dodgers who have added 2011 National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Korean Ryu Hyunjin to their team. Following the purchase of the Dodgers by a consortium headed by basketball legend Magic Johnson at the start of the 2012 season the Dodgers have been active in baseball’s trading market as they search for a first World Series appearance since 1988.