Dodgers Rumors: Zack Greinke Not Hanging it Up Quite Yet

Former Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched his 19th season in 2022, heading back to the Kansas City Royals where his career began. Greinke had a solid season, posting a 3.68 ERA in 137 innings pitched at age 38.

There was speculation that the six-time All-Star, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2009 with the Royals and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting in 2015 with the Dodgers, might call it a career. But according to Jon Heyman in the New York Post, the Florida native is coming back for at least one more year.

Zack Greinke, who already has a pretty strong Hall of Fame résumé, is expected to return to pitch another season. His career WAR of 76.4 fits right between Justin Verlander (77.7) and Clayton Kershaw (75.9). Greinke, 39, had a 3.68 ERA in 137 innings back in Kansas City, and the Royals are interested in a return.

Greinke pitched for the Dodgers from 2013-15, going 51-15 with a 2.30 ERA in 92 starts. He earned Cy Young votes in all three seasons, leading the majors with a 1.66 ERA in 2015 but being edged out in the Cy Young race by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.

Greinke’s career before and after Los Angeles has been much more up-and-down. He has posted a sub-3.00 ERA just five times in his career, and three of them came in his three years with the Dodgers. He signed a six-year deal with the Diamondbacks after the 2015 season, but Arizona was unable to put together a consistent winner and traded him to Houston in 2019. He spent two and a half years with the Astros before heading back to Kansas City.

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