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Zack Greinke opts out of contract with Dodgers

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins has been rewarded with a two-year contract through 2017 after guiding the team to the World Series, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Could Greinke make the move from the bright lights of Los Angeles and the grotesque $300 million payroll that Magic Johnson has in hand?

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke has officially opted out of his contract, as expected, and is now a free agent.

The Los Angeles Timesreports that the Dodgers wouldn't want to sign Greinke to a contract that extends well into his late 30s, but the possibility of losing him might force their hand.

In three seasons with the Dodgers, Greinke was 51-15 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, combining with Clayton Kershaw to give the team perhaps the best 1-2 combo in any rotation in baseball. Neither club executive has commented publicly on the club's plans. "I hope it's not the last one".

The 32-year-old Greinke, who was due $71 million guaranteed over the next three years, figures to get a longer, more lucrative deal.

Though Greinke will test the free agent market, no favorites have emerged as potential suitors for the former Cy Young Award victor just yet while the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants are among the interesting possibilities. And While Greinke's combined fWAR since 2013 is the lowest in the group, he's also seen that number rise in each season since his inaugural Dodgers campaign, ranking third among the five pitchers this season (5.9). Pitching at least six innings in all 32 of his starts, Greinke finished with 11 scoreless starts and a total of 200 strikeouts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is recovering from a shoulder operation. Meanwhile, Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) and Brandon McCarthy will be coming off serious injuries, which makes for a tough future to predict.

If that doesn't work out there are other very capable free agents out there, including David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmerman and Scott Kazmir.

 

The level below also has plenty of depth, with Scott Kazmir, Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Marco Estrada, Bartolo Colon, J.A. Happ and Hisashi Iwakuma.

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