Zack Greinke (pitching, in background) said it could take months for the Dodgers to jell with their new teammates.
Catching up on a few tidbits left over from Saturday’s FanFest, starting with Zack Greinke
Greinke holds the key to the Dodgers’ 2015 off-season plans. He can opt out of his contract at the end of this season and, if he does, the club will be forced to re-sign him to a pricey contract or try to replace his (200-or-so) innings another way. I wrote about this Saturday.
Greinke also had some typically nuanced reflections on the Dodgers’ off-season changes. Rattling off the departed players one-by-one — Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Haren, Dee Gordon — Greinke said trading Gordon was the only decision that he couldn’t foresee.
“I guess when you have a new front office involved,” Greinke concluded, “you never know what’s going to happen.”
Jon Lester went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts last season for the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s. (Getty Images)
Jon Lester is arguably the best left-handed pitcher on the free agent market. Wednesday, it was revealed that the Dodgers might enter an escalating bidding war for his services (according to reports here, here, here, here and here).
Here’s what you need to know as of Thursday morning:
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Zack Greinke won Gold Glove Awards at their positions Tuesday.
Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.
Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.