Wednesday’s roundup: Greinke chooses free agency

Associated Press

New York — Pitcher Zack Greinke has opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Dodgers, giving up a guaranteed $71 million to become a free agent again.

Greinke, a right-hander, was among 12 additional players who became free agents, the Major League Baseball Players Association said Wednesday, raising the total to 151.

Greinke, 32, was 19-3 with a major league-best 1.66 ERA this season, when he struck out 200 in 2222/3 innings.

A three-time All-Star, Greinke left the Angels at the end of the 2012 season and signed a $147 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers, where he joined with Clayton Kershaw to form one of the top rotations in baseball. While Los Angeles won three straight NL West titles, it has not reached the World Series since winning the 1988 championship.

He had the right to terminate the contract within three days of the end of the 2015 World Series. The deal with Los Angeles called for him to earn $24 million next year, $23 million in 2017 and $24 million in 2018.

Mets’ Alderson OK

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson collapsed while talking with reporters during a news conference to announce a contract extension for manager Terry Collins, then was able to walk away.

New York said Alderson did not eat breakfast, felt lightheaded under the lights of the news conference and fainted.

The Mets said he was being examined by the team’s training staff.

Alderson was grabbed by reporters and photographers, preventing him from falling onto the riser hard.

Placed on his back, Alderson was down for about a minute, then was assisted to his feet and into a chair.

“So where were we?” he joked with a smile before he walked away with other team officials.

The Mets held a club option on Collins (Eastern Michigan) for 2016, but instead gave him a two-year deal through 2017.

Personnel dept.

The White Sox declined a $10 million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez and owe the former All-Star a $1 million buyout.

... The Indians declined their $3 million option on outfielder Ryan Raburn, a former Tiger. Cleveland owes a $100,000 buyout to Raburn.

... Royals outfielder Alex Gordon declined his mutual option and became a free agent. The team declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

Rios, 34, had a $12.5 million option with a $1.5 million buyout. Guthrie, 36, had a $10 million option with a $3.2 million buyout.

... The Brewers exercised the $8 million option on the contract of first baseman Adam Lind.

... The Angels declined their $7 million contract option for next season on outfielder David Murphy, making him a free agent.

Around the horn

A New York state judge has thrown out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles, owes the Nationals about $298 million for the team’s 2012-16 broadcast rights.

When the parties could not agree to a rights figure from that five-year period, they appeared in April 2012 before a three-man baseball arbitration panel .

The committee issued its decision in June 2014.

... The Reds promoted Dick Williams to general manager as part of a “succession plan” for Walt Jocketty, 64, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for now.