Dodgers Trade Rumors: Greinke opt-out clause, Dodgers to take into account before deadline?

In this look into Dodgers trade rumors and news, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke can opt out of his six-year, $147 million deal with the team after next season - leaving three years on the table.

According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke is keeping his eye on the increase of player salaries as top pitchers such as Max Scherzer and Jon Lester hit the open market this offseason.

“There’s a lot of money in the game,” Greinke said. “You don’t know how much money is actually in the game, or how much money the owners are making. Obviously, they’re making a lot. Salaries are going up.”

Greinke has noticed a trend of younger pitchers cornering the market on top-dollar deals, however.

“They’re paying more for future performance,” Greinke stated.

With Greinke firmly aware of his upcoming decision after the 2015 season, the Dodgers could very well take a peek at this year's trade market (perhaps at Cole Hamels) in order to find a potential top-tier backup plan.

While GM Ned Colletti stresses that the team will likely not go after a top pitcher, general managers' words should always be taken with a grain of salt at this time of the year. Especially if that general manager runs an organization with financial backing such as the Dodgers have.


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