The Dodgers have claimed all offseason that they’re interested in cutting salary as much as possible, but this report (via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports) flies directly in the face of those intentions.
Brace yourselves, Dodgers fans… The team has reportedly discussed signing both Zack Greinke and David Price. And no, that wasn’t a typo. The front office discussed signing both Greinke and Price.
Here’s what Rosenthal said about what would be an absolute dream come true for the fan base:
Considering that the Dodgers are expected to spend more than $80 million on unproven international free agents, including a 100 percent tax on every dollar they commit above their allotted pool of $2.02 million, what is to stop them from signing both Price and Greinke?
Club officials have discussed the idea, but it’s highly doubtful they will bring it to fruition, sources say. Long-term contracts for pitchers in their 30s often backfire. The Dodgers already have one pitcher earning more than $30 million annually — Clayton Kershaw. Signing both Price and Greinke at similar levels would be a considerable, if not outright foolish, risk.
That last bit is obviously hugely important, and that kind of spending is exactly what put the Dodgers in the place they are now, where lowering salary is such a high priority.
Still, a starting rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and David Price would fix a lot of the Dodgers’ issues elsewhere on the roster.
It would also potentially put less pressure on the Dodgers’ young pitching prospects to develop so quickly, which would be the lasting effects the front office is looking for in cutting costs this offseason.
As Rosenthal says, the scenario is unlikely, but still incredibly fun to think about. As the Winter Meetings are less than a month away and stress levels about the front office mount accordingly, we should enjoy stories and hypotheticals like this while we still can.