Zack Greinke has been everything the team could have wanted when they signed him two years ago to a six-year, $147 million deal. His deal came with an opt-out clause after three years, which would be up following the 2015 season. Because of that, the Dodgers have looked into the premier starting pitching free agents in order to protect themselves if Greinke decides to test free agency.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, the team has no plans to make sure Greinke remains in Los Angeles:
The Dodgers won’t attempt to sign Zack Greinke to a contract extension this winter, Friedman said.
If Greinke decided to opt out then he would be giving up a guaranteed $77 million over the final three years of the deal. With another strong season, Greinke would be 32 and could earn himself at least a four-year deal on the open market. In two years with the Dodgers, the former Cy Young winner is 32-12 with a 2.68 ERA and 355 strikeouts in 60 starts. In four postseason starts, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and has arguably been their best starter in October.
The Dodgers have been in on Jon Lester this winter and could decide to pursue James Shields or Max Scherzer if they fail to sign Lester. That would give the Dodgers one of the best quartets in any rotation, as well as making sure the team has at least a strong trio after 2015.