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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dodgers to shop for starting pitchers, right-handed power as offseason begins

Jumping ahead to points of interest:

How the Dodgers operate this offseason could again depend on their willingness to spend significant money and perhaps exceed the competitive tax threshold — a soft cap that has hardened not only in Los Angeles but in big markets across the majors in recent years. Only the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Yankees will pay a tax for the 2019 season, and all three franchises are striving to avoid the penalty.

Despite playing in the second-largest market in the country, drawing the highest attendance in the majors the last seven seasons, and securing a television contract that pays the organization $8.35 billion over 25 years, the Dodgers have not surpassed the line since 2017.

A document prepared for potential investors before the 2017 playoffs reviewed by the Los Angeles Times outlined a plan to keep the Dodgers’ payroll below the threshold through at least 2021 after they paid a luxury tax in each of the first six seasons of the Guggenheim group’s ownership. The projections were not binding, but the Dodgers have remained under the line through two of the four projected seasons.

In January, team President Stan Kasten maintained there were important baseball reasons to stay under the threshold beyond avoiding the 20% tax, which include keeping draft picks and international bonus pool money. In February, chairman Mark Walter insisted there wasn’t a directive to remain below the threshold.

I have to wonder if this maneuvering will have an impact- especially as the Dodgers keep seeming to fall apart in October…..


QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 12, 2019 at 03:44 PM (#5900629)
I have to wonder if this maneuvering will have an impact- especially as the Dodgers keep seeming to fall apart in October…..

And what are they supposed to do? Bench their stars? It was Bellinger and Seager who tanked that series and Kershaw who has had a bad performance in every series the Dodgers have lost going back to 2009 (ok, Kershaw shouldn't have been pitching in relief in the 8th inning). They've gotten fine performances out of role players over the years, guys like David Freese and Charlie Cullberson. How does a GM account for stars not playing well in the playoffs?
   2. Darren Posted: November 12, 2019 at 08:22 PM (#5900700)
David Price and JD Martinez, coming your way!

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