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Los Angeles Dodgers rumors: Greinke, Price, Murphy, Utley

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The Dodgers and their payroll are involved in some high-priced rumors.

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Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi -- the Los Angeles Dodgers brain trust -- are at it again. While trying to retain Zack Greinke is still their chief concern, Jon Heyman of CBS reported Wednesday morning that the Dodgers are keeping their eye on David Price as a potential replacement.

Price, who could be worth $200 million or more this off-season, has already been linked to the Chicago Cubs, as well as the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. While letting Greinke slip away is by no means ideal, the Dodgers could receive a compensatory draft pick as they did make a qualifying offer to their free agent pitcher. Signing Price while earning a draft pick isn't a terrible trade-off for losing Greinke.

That being said, that would project the Dodgers rotation to have three left-handed pitchers at the top-end of their rotation in Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Price. If Brett Anderson returns and Alex Wood cracks the rotation, there's a legitimate chance that the Dodgers open the season with a completely left-handed starting rotation. While left-handed pitchers come at a premium, this isn't typically a strategy most teams deploy. Then again, the Dodgers aren't 'most teams'.

While the Dodgers are weighing what to do with their starting rotation, they also have to deal with their second base scenario. Chase Utley is the incumbent second baseman, but he also became a free agent. According to Heyman, Daniel Murphy could fill that spot instead. Murphy, who is looking for a handsome payday after a red-hot postseason, makes sense for the Dodgers. Or, at least, the Dodgers payroll makes sense for Murphy. The Dodgers may be the only team willing to pay Murphy. Of course, it helps if there is another team bidding, but Anderson signed a deal last off-season that seemed out-of-nowhere.