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Lobby buzz: Opinions differ on Greinke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One person who has worked with Zack Greinke in the past offered the opinion that he would, in the end, prefer to pitch for the Angels rather than Dodgers.

Greinke got comfortable in his two months in Anaheim and has the kind of personality that is somewhat adverse to change, the person opined. Returning to a place he knows might help ease what can be crushing pressure on a player after they sign a long-term deal. Reports suggest Greinke could sign a record contract.

Of course, few people other than Greinke and his agent seem to have much inside information. Most people here assume the Dodgers will offer Greinke the richest deal in the end and, thus, end up with him. The Dodgers appear to be in wait-and-see mode. They reportedly met with his agent again on Wednesday, but it's unclear if they have made an offer. The Dodgers first met with Greinke, in Los Angeles, last week. Manager Don Mattingly flew in from Indiana to spend time with Greinke.

Meanwhile, waiting may have cost the Dodgers a chance at another player. Left-handed reliever Randy Choate has agreed to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, a source told ESPN. Choate was part of the trade that brought Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers last season and they had been talking to him this winter about a contract extension.