They might not bid for either pitcher. However,
"What happens with Lester and Scherzer will say a lot," Greinke said at Monday's All-Star festivities.
Greinke, 30, would forfeit three years and $71 million if he opts out of his contract, presumably in the hope of securing a longer and more lucrative guarantee. If he plays out his Dodgers contract, he would not be eligible for free agency until age 35.
Greinke said he has noticed teams increasingly reluctant to pay veteran pitchers for past performance and increasingly willing to pay younger pitchers on projected rather than proven excellence.
"They're paying more for future performance," Greinke said.
That makes Greinke particularly curious to see how Lester and Scherzer fare in free agency.
The way Greinke sees it, he would hit free agency at a similar age, and he considers himself a similar pitcher -- below the elite level of teammate
"Scherzer and Lester, they're fantastic," Greinke said, "but they're not at Sabathia's level when he was a free agent."
Greinke signed a six-year, $147-million free-agent contract with the Dodgers in 2012, at the time the richest contract in history for a right-handed pitcher. That would seem to be a pretty good deal for a pitcher who does not regard himself as the best.