With the reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing strong interest in the highly touted free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, the team may be looking to move right-hander Zack Greinke, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 4, 2014
Greinke, 31, is set to earn $23 million next season, in the third year of his six-year deal. With the reported interest in Lester, the Dodgers would be looking to clear some salary space in any Greinke trade.
The 2014 All-Star flashed a 2.71 ERA in 2014, while striking out 207 in 202 1/3 innings pitched. What adds to the interest of Greinke is his success in both the American and National leagues. Greinke was the 2009 AL Cy Young award winner with the Kansas City Royals, posting a 2.16 ERA with 241 strikeouts.
With no no-trade clause in his contract, Los Angeles is free to deal Greinke to any team of their choosing, and would likely receive a nice return of high-level prospects. With the Winter Meetings rapidly approaching, deals tend to come together quickly.