Roberts: Clayton Kershaw ‘disappointed’ Dodgers didn’t re-sign Zack Greinke
Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t the only ones whose hearts were broken when the Dodgers were outbid by the Arizona Diamondbacks for starter Zack Greinke.
At the Winter Meetings on Monday, new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts talked about the visit he paid ace Clayton Kershaw over the weekend, and revealed what he and Kershaw talked about.
When the subject of Greinke came up, Roberts said Kershaw was "disappointed" to lose Greinke from the team but that he understood the financial reasons for it and is generally pleased with the direction in which the organization is going.
In Greinke’s three seasons in Los Angeles, he and Kershaw formed one of the best starting duos in recent history, posting a collective 104-34 record and 2.10 ERA with 1,327 strikeouts over 185 starts.
Since being outbid for Greinke, the Dodgers have acquired free-agent righty Hisashi Iwakuma, who is currently projected as the Dodgers’ No. 2 behind Kershaw. The 34-year-old posted a 47-25 record with a 3.17 ERA in his four seasons in MLB with the Seattle Mariners.
Roberts’ visit to Kershaw came at the lefty’s off-season home in Dallas on Sunday, where he spent four hours getting to know the ace of his new club.
"You look at the players that have meant so much to the organization and obviously perform at Clayton’s level, that’s kind of an obligation for me and something that I recognize and kind of wanted to build that trust with him," Roberts said of his visit. "So definitely, it was very important for me, maybe it was equally as important for him, too."