ZACK GREINKE, 31, starting pitcher.
Final 2014 stats: 17-8, 2.71 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, .247 opponent batting average in a team-high 202 1/3 innings. Also batted .200 with six doubles.
Contract status: Will be in third year of six-year, $147-million contract and earn $23 million in 2015. Can opt out of contract at end of season.
The good: The
Finished seventh in N.L.
The bad: Nothing to really complain about. He slightly bettered most of his numbers from his first season with the Dodgers. Never had a truly poor stretch.
What's next: Should offer one more outstanding season, before he likely takes advantage of that opt-out and departs for even greater riches. If he does not, is scheduled to receive $24 million in 2016, $23 million the next year and $24 million in his final season.
There seems to be a growing sentiment that Greinke will opt out of his Dodgers contract after next season and chase a possible last big contract. But he'll still be owed an additional $71 million if he stays, and he seems to like it here. He's a unique guy and there's no way of knowing until he does. And since he's typically brutally honest, that's a question away.