Los Angeles Dodgers
2016 Committed Salary: $181.5 MM
The Dodgers are a wild card in this bidding war. Their entrance into the Zimmermann sweepstakes will hinge on what Zack Greinke does. If Greinke is back, the Dodgers are likely out of the Zimmermann hunt. If Greinke surprises everyone and leaves the Dodgers, Los Angeles should be expected to come after Zimmermann aggressively. The Dodgers can spend like no other team in baseball, but the front office has made rumblings about wanting to trim from a payroll that ballooned upwards of $310 MM last year. Zimmermann will likely be about $10 MM per season cheaper than David Price and Greinke.
The right-hander would be a good fit for the spacious and pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. He is not dissimilar to Greinke, who morphed from a very good pitcher with the Angels, Brewers, and Royals into a pitcher with a 1.66 ERA. Like Greinke, Zimmermann relies on hitters putting the ball in play and letting his fielders do a lot of the work, an approach that obviously works in Dodger Stadium.