The spending the Dodgers did in the past two years has been criticized by many, but general manager Ned Colletti maintains that it was their way of catching up after the McCourt era.

Trading for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez and signing Zack Greinke to a lucrative contract last winter placed high expectations on the team coming into the season.

However, with news that Robinson Cano is smitten with the idea of playing with Hanley Ramirez, Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM spoke to Colin Cowherd this morning about the Dodgers spending ways:

I’ve always been a big believer that you want premium teams and especially when you talk about the big markets like Los Angeles and New York. I wanted competitive balance when I was a GM and we were playing on the same playing field. But when you put yourself in the shoes of Ned Colletti, don’t you want to put the best team on the field? I think it’s good for baseball and I’d love to see Cano on the Dodgers.

While it remains to be seen how the Dodgers move forward with their spending, Colletti and president Stan Kasten are adamant that they’re committed to building up the farm system.

Signing Cano would be expensive and with rumors that they’re still the frontrunners for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, that might not be their plan going into next season.

The Dodgers spending ways internationally don’t seem to be stopping, but as they continue to produce on the field, they’ll be able to quit the critics about how they’re constructing the team.

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In case you missed it, be sure to find out the latest on Hanley Ramirez’s return from his shoulder injury.

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