In the shocker of all shockers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are highly interested in bringing back Zack Greinke – the potential Cy Young winner who, alongside Clayton Kershaw is probably the number one reason the team has one three straight division titles.
Put it this way: losing streaks never have much of a chance to really take hold when almost half your starts are being made by perennial Cy Young favorites. The importance of having two guys like that is almost impossible to overstate.
It’s also why if the Dodgers strike out on Greinke, they’re seen as favorites to sign David Price. It’s not my money they’re using, so I’ll go ahead and formally request they bring in both Price and Greinke. Thanks!
Jon Heyman of CBS reported this morning that Greinke is the Dodgers’ top priority.
It should come as no surprise Greinke is their No. 1 option, as he did post a league-best 1.66 ERA for them, while Price is a natural second choice considering his own superb resume and strong connection to Andrew Friedman, LA’s president of baseball operations. For now, at least, they seem almost totally focused on those top two, though they are looking at a few of the other pitchers but won’t necessarily just look to take the next biggest name available.
Again, I cannot exaggerate how greatly having two aces atop the rotation masks deficiencies elsewhere on the roster. Let’s say the Dodgers’ youth doesn’t develop quite on schedule and don’t produce like the organization would like right away. The team can get past that so long as Kershaw and either Greinke or Price pitch up to their standards and the back end of the rotation doesn’t fall apart completely.
Ever since the season ended, we’ve been hearing how the Dodgers remain the frontrunners to sign Greinke or Price. We’ve heard nothing to make fans worry that might not still be the case.
This, in and of itself, should keep fans pacified despite the seemingly endless questions surrounding the franchise.