The former American League Cy Young winner is 29 years old and will be in line for a massive contract this winter. While the price tag may be high, a number of teams will be interested in his services.
Included here are the latest Greinke rumors that have come to the surface.
As the top starter on the market, Zack Greinke is in line for a massive paycheck this winter.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has guessed that he will get $150 million over six years. If that is the case, then Greinke would be the highest-paid pitcher by average annual value (AAV) in the game, edging out CC Sabathia by $600,000 (h/t Baseball Prospectus).
Even though the Los Angeles Angels dealt Ervin Santana and declined Dan Haren's option, they are not likely to go all-in on Greinke. Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times has quoted Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as saying, "We are not isolated on Zack Greinke."
Given the current state of their starting rotation, the Angels need to sign at least one starter this winter. While not re-signing Greinke would hurt the Angels, they could deal with it if they pick up a starter like Edwin Jackson or a cheaper option like Jeremy Guthrie.
Since the Angels already have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson at the top of their rotation, there is no reason for them to overpay to retain Greinke.
One of the biggest areas upon which the Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to improve this winter is their starting rotation, and Zack Greinke could be one of their targets (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports).
Greinke would be a great fit in Toronto; however, the Blue Jays could pick up one of the other top starting pitchers available this winter.
It is possible that Zack Greinke is pitching in Los Angeles next season for another team besides the Angels. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be interested in pursuing Greinke this winter.
Even though the Dodgers made a number of big acquisitions this summer, they still missed out on the postseason. This winter, they could be looking to put together a team that could win a World Series title in 2013.
Following two consecutive trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, the Texas Rangers' season ended in disappointment as they lost to the Orioles in the AL Wild Card Game. Texas still has a strong team and will be looking to return to the World Series for the third time in four years.
If the Rangers decide to pass on Josh Hamilton, they could use some of that money to go after a front-line starter. The Rangers are seriously considering Zack Greinke so that they could build one of the top rotations in the game, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Should the Rangers re-sign Hamilton, they will almost certainly be out of the Greinke sweepstakes. However, if they do sign both players, they will be in a great position to start a dynasty over the next five years.