The answer is very simple: because they can!
Well, it’s actually not quite that simple, but there are now two types of teams in baseball – the Dodgers and all the rest of the teams. Since Guggs and Company bought the Dodgers, they have spent money like it is going out of style (and it may be, but I’ll keep politics out).
They established the baseline by overpaying for the team by a huge margin. They wanted Adrian Gonzales so they were forced to take Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford AND give up Sands, De La Rosa, Webster and others. They were also forced to take on $150 million of salary that may become a boat anchor and give up prized prospects to get Gonzo AND YOU ACCUSE ME OF OVERPAYING when I wanted to trade Ethier, Seager, Capuano, Mark Ellis and Withrow for Mike Olt and Ian Kinsler?
Yes, it’s a lot to pay, but not as much as the other trade that the Dodgers made with the Red Sox. Not even close.
Then, the Dodgers outbid the rest of MLB for Puig and Ryu. The other teams have noted this. The Dodgers are pouring tens of millions into their stadium and player development and adding high-octane scouting personnel. The rest of MLB has also duly noted this.
I am not criticizing the deal, but I am merely saying that when the Dodgers are now involved in any deal, they will have to overpay… because they can and everyone knows it!
You can disagree with the deal all you want. I happen to think Ian Kinsler is a smart player and would adjust and thrive in LA as the Dodgers leadoff hitter. I also think that Mike Olt will be a 3B in the mold of Mike Schmidt (not saying he’ll be THAT good, but he’s THAT kind of player). I may be wrong about those players, but whoever the Dodgers get will cost them a lot. They will have to overpay. If Olt is what I think, they won’t need Seager. Capuano is not needed either, and neither is Mark Ellis.
Chris Withrow’s star is starting to set, but he still has value. Essentially, the deal is Ethier and Seager for Kinsler and Olt. They rest is just filler and fluff! Overpay, Yes! Should the Dodgers really expect to overpay?
Yes, and to illustrate why this is, let’s say you put your house up for sale. Badger goes and looks at it and wants to make an offer, but then you find out that Walgreens wants the property for a store. The price just went up – because they can afford it. Supply and demand – from here on, get used to it. The Dodgers will have to overpay.
The sooner they can get their farm system producing again, the less they will have to pay, which is why they should not sign Michael Bourn. He will cost them a draft pick… maybe the highest one they will have in a long time. They need that pick. They need every pick, so that they can keep from overpaying.
I like Ken’s idea of Dee Gordon is CF. Other teams also have that same idea. I just don’t think it can happen in 2013… maybe 2014. He’ll have to play there a year at AAA… and hit better… and steal better. I’m just sayin’…