There is a lot of speculation that the Dodgers will not be able to spend money this Fall and Winter due to divorce proceedings. I think that is not only unlikely, but also not true. I think the Dodgers will wheel and deal, make trades and sign Free Agents (where appropriate). I don’t have time to post the numbers (you can go to Cot’s Contracts and look it up), but adding in raises and the deferred money (Manny only get $5 mil in 2010), the Dodgers payroll for 2010 will be somewhere around $75 – $79 million.
I can see the Dodgers spending another $30 million on players, if necessary. Adrian Beltre would cost something north of $10 million, and if we could somehow move Blake and/or Pierre (neither is likely), the Dodgers could really have some extra cash. Vold suggested that Blake could play 2B, and I am sure he could on a part-time basis anyway. He also plays LF, RF, 1B and 3B, making him and Juan Pierre two of the best subs in the business. So, my final answer is that the Dodgers WILL be BUYERS and PLAYERS in Free Agency and will likely have a payroll somewhere around $110 million. The team is an appreciating asset, and regardless of who owns it, it will likely be in Jamies’ best interest to stretch this out as long as she can, maybe even until the new cable deal kicks in.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers will be on the prowl for an ACE and will have to overwhelm someone to get what they need. Be prepared for a big trade that guts the farm.
- It looks like Joe Torre wants to manage past next year…
- Russ Mitchell, Lucas May and Andrew Lambo contine to do well in the AFL