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Greinke gives up $71 million, becomes free agent again

Pitcher Zack Greinke opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up a guaranteed $71 million to become a free agent again.

The Dodgers are expected to make a $15.8 million qualifying offer Friday, which he will certainly reject. Los Angeles then would be eligible to receive an extra draft pick after the first round next year if Greinke signs with another team.

The Dodgers' had baseball's highest payroll at the end of the regular season, a record $289 million. By opting out, Greinke is forcing the front office to decide whether it wants to commit even more money with a new deal that would take him into his late...