The Los Angeles Dodgers may have signed reliever Paul Maholm to a tolerable contract based primarily on incentives, but that doesn’t apply to many other players on the roster. Franchise leaders Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig are signed to deals that dwarf Maholm’s and Hanley Ramirez is likely the next player to receive a deserved, lucrative extension.
However, the Dodgers’ payroll is also burdened by bad contracts. The most glaring of the bunch are the remaining years and salary committed to a trio of players all over the age of 30 — Carl Crawford, Andre Etheir and Adrian Gonzalez. The injury prone Crawford has four years and $82.5 million remaining on his deal, Ethier, four years and $71.5 million and Gonzalez is under contract for five years and $106 million.
Other players such as, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett and Brandon League are also set to receive annual salaries that are higher than what you would wish to pay given their lack of production. A silver lining with Billingsley and Beckett is they’re only under contract through 2014, whereas League has two years remaining on his deal.
It’s certainly conceivable the Dodgers will be interested in shedding some salary, particularly when considering there may be a surplus of both outfielders and relievers.
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