Is anyone surprised that the Dodgers are in massive debt? I know Mark has been decrying over the “trade” hamstringing the Dodgers financially for years. However it’s not just the trade that has done that, its wild ineffective spending that predates the Andrew Friedman era. Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, and the Guggenheim people have thrown money around like a rapper in a hip-hop video for years and it seems it has finally caught up to the Dodgers.
There is only so much debt that any MLB team can accumulate. The Dodgers are in danger of surpassing MLB regulations. They are apparently already in the red zone. So Payroll has to come down, and I don’t see how that is going to happen without the product on the field suffering, despite the Dodger’s talented and deep farm system.
Bloated salaries to guys like Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Brandon McCarthy, Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and many other Dodger players have finally begun to hemorrhage the Dodger’s bank roll. Now MLB has had enough. Of course Stan Kasten recently denied the allegations of debt. Kasten went on to state…..
“There is no mandate,” he said. “There is no problem with our debt and we continue to work on the same program we have been working on from the day we walked in here in 2012.” More broadly, Kasten emphasized, “business for the Dodgers is very strong and very healthy.”
Apparently there is no league mandate for the Dodgers to cut payroll. This is according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Dodgers have had the highest payroll in baseball over the last few seasons. No team not even the Dodgers have unlimited resources. Even the Dodgers have a limit on payroll and player salaries. Now the Dodgers must figure out a way to trim the fat while retaining their talent (Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner), and remaining competitive while developing the farm system. The farm has the talent to get us through this, but those players take time to develop. If the Dodgers are unable to keep their star third baseman and super closer there is not much hope they can win a World Series let alone continue to make the postseason.
Can the Dodgers do the improbable? Can Andrew Friedman and the brain trust compete with a lower payroll and without their core players?
I know this; no team can win with marginal players like Kike Hernandez playing full time. What do you guys think?