Since signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, Zack Greinke has been one half of a two-headed monster that leads the starting rotation. However, how much longer that will be the case is very much an unknown at this point.
Greinke can opt out of his contract after the 2015 season, though it wasn’t something the 31 year old was ready to address at 2015 FanFest on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Greinke did reflect on the Dodgers’ 2014 season and said he isn’t ready to proclaim the current roster a better team.
While Greinke didn’t give any indication of which way he’s leaning and wasn’t too complimentary of the Dodgers’ offseason moves, he spoke highly of the franchise as a whole. “I have really enjoyed L.A. I don’t think you could get a better organization,” he said.
“The owners are amazing. Our front office is, by reputation, the best – or at least in the top three in the game,” Greinke said. “Our coaching staff is great too. There’s not really any better options anywhere besides here.”
In two seasons with the Dodgers, Greinke is 32-12 in 60 starts, and he posted a 4.3 WAR in 2014, which is the third-highest of his career. Greinke also had a streak of 18 consecutive games in which he pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or less.
Beyond the 2015 season, Greinke has three years and $77 million remaining on his current deal. If he elects to become a free agent, Greinke will turn 32 years old on Oct. 21, meaning he’s older than Jon Lester and Max Scherzer — the two pitchers he said he would monitor this offseason.
Assuming Greinke puts together another strong season in 2015, it’s likely he would opt out and attempt to sign one final long-term deal. However, he would also be competing against a competitive free agent class of starting pitchers, which may include the likes of Johnny Cueto and David Price.