Greinke opts out of three-year-deal

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

Ace pitcher Zack Greinke opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $71 million. Last season, Greinke dominated the league, going 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA.

The exact reasons for his opting out have not been disclosed to the public, but many seem to believe he wants more money, especially coming off of such a tremendous season.

Greinke’s history reflects how important money is to him. The last time he was a free agent he said, “If the last-place team offered me $200 million and the first-place team offers $10, I’m going for the $200 million no matter what team it was.”

The Dodgers have an alarming $131 million commitment to only eight players after Greinke’s opt-out, so this helps them tremendously. However, the Dodgers are losing one of their best pitchers, and their pitching rotation was not very deep last year.

With Greinke in what is most likely the latter part of his prime, some would say he was smart to opt out of his deal. With only three years left on his deal, he would be 34 by the time the contract was up. At this age, most teams would be hesitant to give him a multi-year contract, considering most pitchers start to decline as they get older.

Clayton Kershaw is the lone star pitcher of the Dodgers now, but he makes over $34 million himself. Greinke may have gotten out of L.A. simply because he knew that they would not have space for many more players. Greinke will be looking for a 4-5 year contract elsewhere, it seems.

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