An L.A. bidding war for Zack Greinke

Updated: August 6, 2012, 5:14 PM ET
By Buster Olney

ST. LOUIS -- Some quick thoughts as we enter the 20th week of the season:

1. The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be an even bigger factor in the free-agent market than anybody anticipated. You figured they would be aggressive before the trade deadline and add some salary, and yes, they added Hanley Ramirez.

But the fact that they were willing to take on the last years of Cliff Lee's contract -- as much as $102.5 million over the next four seasons -- is absolute confirmation that they would have been extremely aggressive bidders on Cole Hamels if he didn't sign an extension with the Philadelphia Phillies, and they have big plans going into the future.

In fact, Zack Greinke -- easily the pre-eminent pitcher on the market this fall now that Hamels has signed -- is set up to be the target of a bidding war between two really rich and powerful entities: the Los Angeles Angels and the Dodgers.