This one is a no-brainer. If the Dodgers want to stay the top dog they need to keep their one-two punch in order. Having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke together on your staff givez you at least 10 extra wins a season. Each player is capable of carrying a rotation, and their importance is obvious to the Dodgers.
If Greinke decides to leave for more money up the coast in San Francisco, then the Dodgers could get into the David Price sweepstakes. Price is left-handed, however, and teaming him up with Kershaw doesn’t have the same appeal as the right-handed Greinke. The fact Kershaw and Greinke throw from opposite sides of the mound is another reason why the Dodgers have reaped so much success from these two. It is very difficult to adjust to each pitcher on back-to-back nights.
The Dodgers vault will have to open up for Greinke as he already rejected the three years and $77 million that was left on his contract. He will be looking for something close to what Kershaw is making in terms of annual pay. Look for a four- or five-year deal in the $30-35 million range. Greinke should re-sign in Los Angeles, but you never really know when it comes down to it. If the Dodgers lose his services, they will become very active in trying to fill the void.