The 2015 MLB ERA king, Zack Greinke, had a forgettable first season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His ERA ballooned from 1.66 to 4.37 in just one year. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the Los Angeles Dodgers could reunite with Greinke.
Is Zack Greinke available for trade?
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the main priority for new Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen is to dump Greinke’s huge salary. It should be noted that Arizona signed the veteran right-hander to a six-year, $206.5 million deal last winter.
“As Hazen establishes himself with the Diamondbacks, perhaps he could do what his predecessor would have never been in position to do: persuade ownership to dump Greinke and as much of his contract as possible, even if it means eating some of his salary in the years ahead,” Olney reported.
Greinke’s $34 million salary next season is something that the Diamondbacks could put to other use. However, there is belief in the league that the former AL Cy Young winner is on the decline. He enters the new season as a 33-year-old pitcher coming off a down year.
Dodgers could possibly acquire Zack Greinke
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a very successful season but they know that they have to improve their rotation. They already have Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda but Rich Hill just became a free agent. Julio Urias is still unproven while Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu are coming off injuries.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers expressed interest in Greinke at the trade deadline. Jacob Shafer of Bleacher Report suggested that Los Angeles can acquire their former pitcher by parting ways with several prospects.
Shafer believes that a combination of catcher Austin Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield could get Arizona’s attention. However, the Dodgers have to be careful since the MLB has pressured the team to conform to the league’s debt rules.
Other teams that might have interest in Zack Greinke
Besides the Dodgers, rich teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox could have an interest in Greinke. They also have a loaded farm system which makes it easier for the Diamondbacks to listen to their offers.
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