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Dodgers Continue Spending Spree; Payroll Could Be Highest In MLB History
Published December 10, 2012
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POWER OF THE PURSE: In L.A., T.J. Simers writes, “Today the Dodgers rock, and kudos to them for doing what every sports fan hopes his favorite team will do in the off-season -- spend to get better.” Simers: “I still don't know much about Guggenheim, [President] Stan Kasten remains a blowhard and who knows whether [manager Don] Mattingly has what it takes to lead a team to a championship. But I like watching the best players in the game, and thinking the home team has the best shot of winning” (L.A. TIMES, 12/10). ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark wrote the Dodgers are now “one of the all-time sports behemoths,” and the team apparently “plans to flex its behemoth-ness whenever the time -- and the latest available free-agent icon -- is right” (ESPN.com, 12/8). CBSSPORTS.com’s Scott Miller wrote, "At a time when even the Yankees are reeling things in, the Guggenheim Dodgers are so flush with cash they can name any president you want not from the history books or Google, but simply from pulling a wad of bills from their pockets and looking.” A rival exec said, “The entire economic landscape of this game is about to explode because of the Dodgers. ... LA used to look for nickels under the cushion. Now, they can't turn the tap off" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/8). ESPN L.A.’s Mark Saxon wrote under the header, “Where’s The Fun In Fiscal Restraint?” The Greinke deal "will have financial ramifications that won't just tick off the rest of the league's owners." They also will "blow back on the Dodgers at some point, probably soon” (ESPNLA.com, 12/8).
COLLETTI'S WAR CHEST: In Boston, Nick Cafardo wrote Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has “run every type of team -- the poorest, the middle class, and now one of the richest.” Colletti "makes no excuses for preferring his current status.” Colletti said, “I’d rather play with a full deck and make decisions that are based on baseball, talent, and market.” Colletti added, “When you’re restricted in what you can think about and how you can improve the team and restricted in the areas you can get involved, that’s tough. Now we’re not restricted. If we can’t get something done, there are other factors involved rather than restrictions.” Cafardo wrote, "One thing that is different is teams coming to him and asking if he’ll take on a high-priced player for one of his lower-priced ones” (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/9).
YANKEES OF THE WEST? USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale writes the Dodgers have “become a combination of the old school New York Yankees and the Dallas Mavericks.” Nightengale: “You outbid everyone for free agents, as the Yankees used to do, and dazzle everyone by doubling the size of your clubhouse and adding other amenities, much like the Mark Cuban-era Mavericks’ commitment to creature comforts” (USA TODAY, 12/10). SPORTING NEWS’ Anthony Witrado wrote the Dodgers are “now the most expensive team in the history of professional athletics, and they now have the heaviest expectations they've ever had to carry in the rich history of their organization." Their options for '13 are "win the World Series or completely fail” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 12/9).
AND WHAT OF THE BRONX BOMBERS? In N.Y., Joel Sherman wrote, “Unless the Yankees come out of their economic cocoon, they will not have the largest payroll in the game for the first time since 1998” (N.Y. POST, 12/9). In Buffalo, Mike Harrington wrote, “No one is really sure what direction the Yankees are going anymore. Under The Boss, it was always full speed ahead. But The Boss is gone now” (BUFFALO NEWS, 12/9). In N.Y., Bill Madden wrote under the header, “What The Late Marvin Miller And George Steinbrenner Would Say About Free Agents And Penny-Pinching Yankees” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/9).