The prize of the 2015 free agency class is coming off a Cy Young season. Even if Jake Arrieta or Clayton Kershaw win the award, Greinke’s 2015 numbers were otherworldly. He put in one of the great seasons of all-time. He will be paid a mint to sign with whomever offers him the most mints.
The Giants just declined options on Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd, leading speculation by play-by-play announcer Duane Kuiper to suggest that the main reason for the options being declined was to put all their chips into the middle of the table for Greinke.
Bobby Evans, the Giants General Manager, said he wanted to have the most flexibility the team could have heading into free agency.
Is Greinke worth the risk? Signing him would mean two things immediately. The top pitcher available is added to a rotation that features Madison Bumgarner and creates a similar 1-2 punch that the Dodgers had in Kershaw & Greinke. It also takes Greinke away from the rival Dodgers, which makes them instantly worse. That doesn’t mean another top-tier free agent couldn’t sign with the Dodgers, but just that it could be a strong rationale to go after the top prize.