Zack Greinke opts out of Dodgers contract, hits free agency
Zack Greinke has opted out of his contract with the Dodgers and filed for free agency.
The players’ union included Greinke on its list of 12 players who became free agents on Wednesday, bringing the total number of free agents to 151.
Greinke, who might well win the National League Cy Young award, is 32. The Dodgers could re-sign him but are not expected to be interested in a contract that would extend into his late 30s. After the Dodgers were eliminated in the playoffs, controlling owner Mark Walter said President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi were well aware of what the team’s financial parameters would be in any Greinke deal.
The Dodgers’ 2016 rotation, counting pitchers under club control and healthy, now includes only Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. The team hopes Hyun-jin Ryu (shoulder surgery) might be ready at the start of the season and Brandon McCarthy (elbow surgery) might be ready in the second half of the season.
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