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Dodgers Show Second Largest Payroll Decline in Baseball During 2018 According To Forbes

According to Forbes, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the second largest payroll decline in 2018 of all teams.

Moreover, in 2017 the Dodgers had a payroll figure of $253,633,893. Then last season it fell to $195,039,730. Equally important, this was a decline of -$58,594,163. The only team with a greater decline in all of baseball season was the Detroit Tigers. Detroit checked in at over $71 million less spent than in 2017.

Final 2018 Payroll Figures for all of MLB.

Obviously, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has preached management of the figure on a ‘multiyear horizon’. Words like ‘flexibility’ are often used. Now that the Dodgers remained under the luxury tax and cut back on costs, it will be interesting to see how it effects the 2019 on-field product.

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With a marquee free agent like Bryce Harper ripe for the organization’s picking, one wonders if the Dodgers did this by total design.

Either way, the Dodgers do have flexibility going into the future. They were able to deliver a quality product in 2018 – reaching a second straight World Series appearance.

How do you think the Dodgers will manage their payroll in 2019? Will they raise it a bit, and if so; by how much? Or will more cost-cutting measures be taken.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Clint, first of all Happy Holidays! If Dodgers do increase payroll a bit in 2019 when all is said and done, then I can only hope the $$$ is spent wisely on areas that need improving. As I said on the Kluber page of talks continuing, a RHB that can actually HIT LHP is what I want to see.

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