The Los Angeles Dodgers, as expected, have been connected to many of the top free agent starting pitchers already this offseason, including players such as David Price and Zack Greinke.

Greinke has pitched for the Dodgers for the past three and a half seasons and many expected him to be back with the team, although that doesn’t appear to be as likely as once believed.

Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers “probably” won’t be re-signing Greinke.

The Dodgers are looking to get younger, and another mega-contract makes that more difficult. Also, team president Stan Kasten has a blanket policy against extending pitchers beyond a certain number of major-league pitches and Greinke, who has been durable throughout his career, has thrown more than 33,000.

Also, most people assume Greinke wants to come back, but his distaste for a culture that let Yasiel Puig ignore team rules for several seasons is believed to be a factor in his thinking.

As mentioned above, the thinking among many people has been that the Dodgers are the favorites to re-sign Greinke, but according to Saxon, that hasn’t been the signal the Dodgers have given off.

Greinke, 32, had his best year as a pro last season, going 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA and a 200/40 strikeout-to-walk ratio and he figures to land a multi-year contract worth $25-30 million per season.

It is still possible that the Dodgers are able to re-sign Greinke, but in all likelihood we have seen the last of a great 1-2 punch of Greinke and Kershaw at the top-of-the-rotation.

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