If you were to compare the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Los Angeles Dodgers, what would you find? Looking back to the offseason preparations, these two teams obviously had two different strategies. Yet, it is obvious which team is currently blazing the trail in the NL West.
Preseason trades were important to the Dodgers because they wanted to build a winning team. Their eyes were on Zack Greinke as he was creating a record-breaking season. But, in the end, money talks and the D-backs swooped him up for the jaw-dropping price of $206.5 million over six years.
The D-backs showed the baseball world they were willing to spend as much as it took to make their starting lineup first in the division. Tyler Clippard was no exception coming in with $12.25 million over two years, but, he didn’t stay in Arizona long. The team traded him to the Yankees after being with the team for only five months. In total, the D-backs spent about $218.75 million. Thats right, I said $218.75 million! That money was spent on only a couple players, so has this “big money big payoff” mentality worked out for them?
Well considering the Dodgers hit five homers off Greinke in one game, four of those in one inning, it doesn’t look like the product was worth the price.
Greinke was like Oprah today pic.twitter.com/XKkzQqMuZs
— Mike (@mikearmenta1) September 6, 2016
On the other end of the spectrum, we have our frugal Dodgers. The most money they spent was on Howie Kendrick for $20 million over two years. Chase Utley received the least, coming in at $7 million for one year. The Dodgers chose to spread their money instead of banking on a few players. The total amount spent added up to about $193.55 million. Thats much less in comparison to our Arizonan competitors.
So who prepared for this season in the most effective way? I’ll leave that up to you. But don’t forget who is first and who is fourth in the division.