The reported $147 million free agent contract the Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Zach Greinke agreed to is expected to be made official on Tuesday.
It is the largest deal ever for a right-handed pitcher and Greinke's average salary of $24.5 million is the most for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
The deal is contingent on Greinke passing a physical exam.
Former major league executive Jim Bowden, currently an ESPN and SiriusXM analyst, reported that Greinke's deal does not include a no-trade clause but he can opt after three years. It includes a $12 million signing bonus.
Greinke's deal gives him a base salary of $17 million in 2013 and jumps to $24 million the following year, not including the bonus.
A 29-year-old right-hander, Greinke was 15-5 in 2012, starting the season with the Milwaukee Brewers before being acquired by the Los Angeles Angels. He had a 3.48 ERA, struck out 200 and walked 54 in 212 1/3 innings.