Zack Greinke meets with LA teams

Updated: November 30, 2012, 1:06 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke had face-to-face meetings with both the Dodgers and the Angels this week, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

Greinke met with the Dodgers on Thursday, but it is not known when he got together with officials from the Angels. Greinke, who finished last season with the Angels, has been in Southern California in the past few days.

According to reports, Greinke has other suitors, including the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals. It is not known whether he will meet with those clubs before Monday's winter meetings get under way in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dodgers' deep financial resources -- they are reportedly closing in on a new long-term TV deal that could net them $6 billion or more over 25 years -- could make them difficult to outbid for Greinke.

The Dodgers said shortly after the season that their No. 1 priority this winter was to add at least one premier starting pitcher. Reports have suggested Greinke could fetch a record contract for a right-handed pitcher, perhaps in the neighborhood of six years and $150 million.

Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner, is 91-78 with a 3.77 ERA lifetime. He was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA for the Angels last season after being traded from Milwaukee. He was 9-3 with the Brewers and finished the 2012 season 15-5 overall with a 3.48 ERA.

The Dodgers also have checked in on free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse, according to a source. Earlier this winter, the Dodgers submitted the highest bid for left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, and they have until Dec. 10 to work out a contract or Ryu will return to pitch in his native South Korea.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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