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Dodgers Face Steep Luxury Tax With $260 Plus Payroll, Should LA Look To Shed Salary With Trades?



After signing the most coveted free agent arm on the market this offseason in right-handed ace pitcher Trevor Bauer to a three-year $102 million contract and re-signing Justin Turner on a two-year $34 million deal, the Dodgers’ payroll has skyrocketed past $260 million.

We discuss if the team should consider shedding salary or if they should pay the luxury tax penalty to preserve their depth. Plus, why A.J. Pollock is so important to the team’s success in 2021!

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  1. You need to quit trying to guess what Andrew Friedman is going to do he has a plan. His plan is not to dump his players he plans 3 or 4 years in advance of you.

  2. Obviously, if a no brainer deal comes along, you have to take it for Jansen or Kelly in particular. But I would say, no. I think Price will prove to have solid worth and will be mixed and matched as a 4 or 5 inning starter or pitcher #2 after an opener. Pollock had a good year in 20 and is a RH bat. Need his bat. I remember him as a Dodger nemesis with Arizona. Always getting a big hit. And a solid defender. And he showed a lot of that moxie last year. So unless someone overwhelms us for one of these three pitchers and AJ, we are good.

    • Wayne, simply put, no trade of any RHB at this time. Also it’s good to see Freidman picking up some additional RH options for the roster, particular for role playing and giving guys like Turner some time off when needed. Sheldon Neuse, and now Matt Davidson, who could actually fill a spot on the roster. As we see now Beaty, McKinstry and Rios are LH currently for the bench but things can change. WSS.

  3. Question: If Dodgers trade Price for a prospect and eat most of his salary, does that $$ still count against payroll tax?
    Or do the Dodgers get some benefit for essentially subsidizing the payroll of another team?
    I wouldn’t mind some sort of salary-dump blockbuster that lands Matt Chapman, with Turner moving to 1B…. But now any marquee deal seems more likely to happen in midseason, when Dodgers have a better idea of their needs and the also-rans look for some return on the free agents-to-be.

    • That’s a good question, I’d like to know ghat too. But I also don’t think we would have to pay most of Price’s salary because we wouldn’t need to ask for anything in return. Maybe in this market he would be hard pressed to get 16 million but a team like the Angels of Anaheim really need a guy like him and could afford to pay most of it especially if you sweetened the deal by throwing on one of our young lefty outfielders.

  4. I’d be more interested what the terms of the new CBA will be than if the Dodgers will lose anything, beyond some money they can afford, for their payroll this year. I don’t understand why this elephant sitting there doesn’t get more play when owners and union literally can’t agree on anything. One thing we do know: the players hate this agreement and will strike before agreeing to something similar.

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