If we have learned anything about Ned Colletti or Guggenheim, we know that they play their cards pretty close to their vests. On the other hand, the Yankees are a 3-Ring Circus. Lately, the Yankees have been making a lot of noise about getting their payroll down to the $189 million luxury tax level in 2014.
Before you dismiss that idea because the Dodgers have more money (they do)… it’s not just about the money. It’s about losing draft picks. I am not sure at what level it kicks in (I haven’t researched it thoroughly) - not only do you pay almost dollar-for-dollar in luxury tax, but losing draft picks is something Kasten loathe to do.
This could cause the Dodgers to have to make some hard decisions. For example, the Dodgers owe Crawford, Beckett, Billingsley and Ethier about $65 million next year. Lilly’s 12 mil comes off the books as does Juan Uribe’s $7 million. Mark Ellis, Capuano and Harang are gone too, leaving close to $100 million of payroll saved.
This is complicated stuff and I will read it in depth some day… just not today! It could involve trades of the above players for prospects and the Dodgers paying substantially all or a large portion of their salaries. I just don’t see Kasten losing draft picks.
- Crawford remains hot and Puig is cold.
- Mark Ellis’ intangibles are off the scale – his health is vital to the team. He’s hitting .277 and with RISP, there’s no one I am more confident in.
- Kershaw continues to post some sick numbers – 1.96 ERA, WHIP -0.87 – The league is hitting .186 against him. Several players have more wins, but no one is close to him in dominance.