The Dodgers are trying to become the new Yankees
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.
The 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.