The Los Angeles Dodgers could very well be coming up a crossroads with starting pitcher Zack Greinke after the 2015 MLB season, with Greinke's six-year, $147 million deal including an opt-out clause following year three.
Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke is unsure about what he'll do, but he's not exactly dying to ply his trade elsewhere:
Greinke says he hasn't decided if he'll opt out of #Dodgers contract in fall but "there's not really better options anywhere besides here."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) January 31, 2015
Greinke will make $25 million in 2015 (including a $2 million deferred signing bonus), and is slated to make a total of $77 million from 2016-18 if he opts in.
The trickiest part about all of this is the ever-increasing financial numbers that are being tossed at pitchers with comparable resumes to Greinke. If he puts up Cy Young numbers in 2015, he could very seek out one last long-term deal at an increased rate following the season.
However, all signs point to him being around after 2015, so Dodgers fans would be wise not to fret at this moment.
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