Zach Greinke

The Dodgers could shop Zack Greinke

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On the heels of the news that the Dodgers may make a push for Jon Lester, Chris Cotillo reports that L.A. could shop Zack Greinke:

According to major-league sources, a growing concern within the Dodgers’ organization that Zach Greinke could opt out of his contract next winter may lead to the team making the right-hander available in trade talks in order to free up a rotation spot for a pitcher like Lester,James Shields or Max Scherzer.

Signing one of the big free agent pitchers and dealing Greinke to fill, say, an infield spot could be a neat idea. But it’s not like they could necessarily command a ton of talent in return given that Greinke would still have his opt-out with the new team. As such, it’d be akin to dealing a near-free agent on a rental deal, not a blockbuster trade for a team-controlled ace.

My guess is this is just talk, but it’s interesting talk I suppose.