Ned Colletti has said that the Dodgers payroll will be up in 2011. Cot’s Contracts has the Dodgers payroll at $102,000,000 in 2110, so we are safe in assuming that it will be higher than
that. Now, some of you will argue that some other source has the payroll at a lower number (and you really like that lower number, don’t you – so you can ridicule McCourt?), but I have always relied on Cot’s as the yardstick and will continue to do so. In looking at 2011, the Dodgers Payroll obligation is currently at $61.8 million. Contrast that with the Angels Payroll obligation of $93.6 mil. The Giants are at $76.9 mil and the Phillies are at $143.7 mil, which is almost the same as the Yankees $144.6 mil.
The Dodgers have some arbitration issues to deal with and some players will get raises and some may get new deals (which can be back-loaded)… and some will get non-tendered. I think that the Dodgers payroll will be in the $110 mil area in 2011, which means that they can sign at least two IMPACT free agents. Let’s hope they get the right ones. I would try and upgrade at 1B and 3B with power hitters (Beltre and Dunn) and add another Top-of-the-Rotation Starter (Greinke) , because I think there’s a good chance that Trayvon Robinson (T-Rob) can be the Dodgers CF next year and the IDJ2 can be the 2B. At some point you have to trust that you have players who can step in. You can’t fill every hole with a free agent.
I think an outfield of Ethier in LF, Robinson in CF and Kemp in RF would be stronger defensively and T-Rob could easily be a top-of-the-order hitter. Of course, I am not against Carl Crawford or Jason Werth. Maybe the Dodgers sign both and send Ethier to 1B. There are lots of possibilities. Some on this board have said that no top free agent will one to come to the Dodgers.
We shall see…