MLB Free Agency: 6 Teams Most Likely to Battle It out for Zack Greinke

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MLB Free Agency: 6 Teams Most Likely to Battle It out for Zack Greinke
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Zack Greinke is set to become MLB's next $100 million man when free agency kicks off next week.

When MLB’s free agency period begins immediately after the World Series ends, Zack Greinke will be the hottest name on the market. With a handful of teams willing to spend lavishly, Greinke will soon become the latest member of the $100 million contract club.

In what's shaping up to be a shallow collection of free-agent talent, Greinke and Texas Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton are the only bona fide stars. That just increases the likelihood of some overzealous owner(s) or GM(s) emerging to overpay them.

Hamilton’s ongoing bout with addiction, age and injuries will limit his long-term earning potential. But Greinke, who just turned 29, has been relatively healthy throughout his career. 

He’s also four years removed from any signs of the anxiety issues that delayed his ascent to greatness.

There are a number of quality starters set to join Greinke in free agency this winter. Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse, Jake Peavy and Edwin Jackson are also set to cash in on new, multi-year deals. 

Only Greinke, however, has the combination of youth and top-of-the-rotation stuff to justify a nine-figure deal running longer than five years.

Listed in reverse order, from least-to-most likely to get in on the bidding, here are six teams that should be giving Zack Greinke a call when MLB free agency begins.

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