Dodgers inquiring about CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira from the Yankees

The Dodgers are trying to become the new Yankees

8/28/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

August 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) celebratre the 11-4 victory against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREThe Los Angeles Dodgers have a ton of money to throw around, thanks to their upcoming multi-billion dollar TV deal.

Magic Johnson and the new ownership group already started throwing that money around when they took on over $250M worth of contracts from the Boston Red Sox in a deal for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. And that was AFTER snagging Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins.

Most people looked at those deals and were shocked that the Dodgers would take on so much salary.

The more surprising news, however, is that the Dodgers have their eyes set on even MORE high priced players.

The Dodgers also made inquiries about Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia from the New York Yankees. Joel Sherman of the NY Post says that a deal might actually make sense, but only if the Yankees threw in Alex Rodriguez and his over-inflated contract as well.

August 3, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the eighth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIREThe Dodgers are trying their best to take advantage of all the teams around the league who are desperate to cut payroll.

For once, that list actually included the Red Sox, and still includes the Yankees.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement [read the full document here, if you dare], teams will be heavily taxed in 2014 if their payroll is above $189M. The Red Sox are now in good shape, after dumping Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett.

The Yankees are now the only team truly in jeopardy of overshooting that $189M mark, so they may be looking to move some of their bigger contracts at some point, particularly Rodriguez.

In order for a team to take on A-Rod's gaudy contract, the Yankees might have to throw in quality players like Sabathia and/or Teixeira, much like the Red Sox did with Adrian Gonzalez.

The Yankees might sign some expensive 1-year deals this offseason, but if you watch closely, you'll notice that they probably won't try to lock up anyone to large dollars past 2013, for this very reason.

The Dodgers might break right through that $189M threshold, but it looks like they just might not care at this point. They've got money to blow, and they're intent on spending it.

For their sake, I hope they win a championship at some point. If not, that's going to be a real expensive mistake.
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8/30/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Pat wrote:
I don't know a ton about Dodger Stadium, and whether it's a hitter's park or a pitcher's park, but Gonzalez was pretty surprising in Boston.

His numbers at Fenway, generally viewed as a hitter-friendly park, were quite mediocre, particularly his power numbers. In 146 career games at Fenway, nearly a full season's worth or games, he only has 18 HR. Unbelievably low, for a guy who actually hit HR more frequently in San Diego. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Sometimes things just buck the odds. 
Dodger Stadium has a reputation as being a pitchers park.  It's a little more hitter friendly since they lowered the field and took some foul territory away to add some expensive seats.  But I still think it leans a little towards pitchers. 

8/30/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

ML31 wrote:
I do believe the Dodgers were forced to take Beckett and Crawford (and their stupidly high contracts) as part of the price for Gonzalez. 

Funny thing about Gonzalez...  When he was a Padre the park he performed worst in was Dodger Stadium.

I don't know a ton about Dodger Stadium, and whether it's a hitter's park or a pitcher's park, but Gonzalez was pretty surprising in Boston.

His numbers at Fenway, generally viewed as a hitter-friendly park, were quite mediocre, particularly his power numbers. In 146 career games at Fenway, nearly a full season's worth or games, he only has 18 HR. Unbelievably low, for a guy who actually hit HR more frequently in San Diego. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

8/30/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
After Josh Beckett's Dodger debut was a blow out loss to the Rockies, I do wonder if the Dodgers made an error for one in getting him.  Also Matt Kemp seems to be literally on the D.L. or hurting every other week.  Maybe his time with Rihanna or all that extra cash he's been carrying around with his new contract has made him brittle.

I do believe the Dodgers were forced to take Beckett and Crawford (and their stupidly high contracts) as part of the price for Gonzalez. 

Funny thing about Gonzalez...  When he was a Padre the park he performed worst in was Dodger Stadium.

8/30/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

After Josh Beckett's Dodger debut was a blow out loss to the Rockies, I do wonder if the Dodgers made an error for one in getting him.  Also Matt Kemp seems to be literally on the D.L. or hurting every other week.  Maybe his time with Rihanna or all that extra cash he's been carrying around with his new contract has made him brittle.

8/29/12   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Money never guarantees winning divisions but it does increase the odds.

It will be a complete joy if the Dodgers spend all that money then crash and burn.

8/29/12   |   NittanyJon   |   244 respect

The Dodgers are offically insane. The new owners spent almost $2 billion to purchase the team. Now they spend another $270 mil or so for Adrian Gonzalez and 2 malcontents. All we need are another 3 or 4 teams to do the same thing. Insane and hopefully they get what they deserve.