Given the recent surge by the Dodgers that all of the sudden sees them atop of the N.L. West, teams are now becoming jealous of not only the success of the Dodgers, but also the roster that has been put in place.
When the Dodgers decided to put this roster together and take on the kind of payroll that they have, the expectations went through the roof. Now that they are performing up to expectations, the critics have silenced and now jealousy has finally set in.
According to Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com, Arizona Diamonbacks General Manager Kevin Towers criticized the Dodgers for not being the best scouting organization but that they just throw money around:
“When you have that wherewithal financially it doesn’t mean you’re the best scouting organization, just you have the wherewithal to go out and buy what you want.”
You can understand the frustration that must be setting in with the DBacks as they’ve watched their one time 9.5 game lead in the N.L. West come and go. After the Dodgers improbable comebacks the past two nights, it doesn’t look like the Dodgers have any plans of slowing down.
What might make matters worse for the DBacks is the fact that with the trading deadline approaching, the Dodgers still have the financial flexibility to add to the roster.
Towers frustrations with the Dodgers spending ways stems back to when they outbid the rest of baseball for the two foreign players that have taken Major League Baseball by storm, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig. The DBacks put in strong bids for both players, but the Dodgers were able to sign both with pricey contracts.
While most of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks issues have been on the field this season, Towers comments wreak of being bitter and jealous.
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