Game 8: The Dodgers’ bullpen undermines another all-around effort.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully is flanked by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and former owner Peter O’Malley during a pregame tribute Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers’ bullpen squandered another lead Tuesday. Only the opponent and venue changed from the general plotline the Dodgers observed in San Francisco. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Zack Greinke spoke about his return to Los Angeles in a Diamondbacks uniform.

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On the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks, and deferred payments.

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Zack Greinke will get more than $60 million after his six-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks expires. (Associated Press photo)


PHOENIX — The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks both did something interesting this off-season by deferring payments on some fairly large contracts.

The Diamondbacks will be paying Zack Greinke only $144 million of his estimated $206.5 million contract over the life of his six-year contract. The Dodgers will be paying Scott Kazmir through 2021 even though it’s only a three-year, $48 million deal.

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Clayton Kershaw blasts DH rule: ‘Baseball’s a two-sided game.’

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a .153 hitter in 577 career plate appearances. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Count Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw among the fans of National League baseball.

Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, Kershaw said he’s pleased with commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to table discussion of bringing the designated hitter rule to the NL.

“It’s just a better game. It really is,” Kershaw said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.

“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”

Here’s video of Kershaw speaking today about losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks and his off-season training:
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Assessing the Zack Greinke fallout, one day later.

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Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw might not be BFFs anymore, but what does that really mean for the Dodgers going forward? (Associated Press photo)

One of the better Zack Greinke analogies I’ve read in the last 24 hours came from Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs: “The Dodgers didn’t lose a war. They fell short in this particular battle.”

I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.

A few things to consider for perspective:
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Poll: Do you agree with the Dodgers’ decision to let Zack Greinke go?

Zack Greinke has signed a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, reportedly worth $195 $206.5 million. Magic Johnson said that Greinke was the Dodgers’ number-one priority as recently as Tuesday, but the co-owner acknowledged that an “off the charts” offer could change things.

No baseball player has ever received a higher average annual value than the reported $32.5$34.42 million going to Greinke — the literal definition of “off the charts.”

Simple question: Do you agree with the decision to let Greinke walk?


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