Zack Greinke opted out of his contract in search of a bigger payday, and he will surely get it. Greinke opted out of the remaining three years on the contract at $71 million dollars. He and his representatives are well aware that he will get more than the average $23.7 million he would have gotten if he honored his contract. So let the bidding war start on one of the most dominant pitchers in recent memory.
Greinke went 19-3 last year with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.844 WHIP. He has been flat-out nasty since joining the Dodgers. He is 51-15 in three seasons with the Dodgers. He has a 2.30 ERA and a 1.027 WHIP in just over 600 total innings. The 31-year-old is very dominant right now and will easily get $30 million a year for four years from somebody.
If the Cubs want to go deep into the playoffs they can do it by bolstering their starting staff. Greinke would more than solidify their staff. He, teamed with Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester would form one of the best trios in the game of baseball. In a playoff series, facing those three pitchers could be a daunting task for a team. Especially when you factor in all the great young offensive weapons the Cubs have right now.