LA Dodgers Reportedly Poised to Add Payroll at MLB Trade Deadline

JP Morosi writes that the Dodgers can afford contracts due to them staying under the luxury tax threshold.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports, the Dodgers are amongst a list of MLB clubs who will be able to add significant figures to their payroll this trade deadline.

The Dodgers have been able to maneuver their way into staying below the competitive balance tax threshold the last few seasons and thus have some leeway when it comes to spending money this off-season.

In a trade where the Dodgers would look to take on a mid-level sized contract, the club would not be forced to trade someone like Rich Hill, who is being paid $19,000,000 this season to quite possibly not pitch in October for Los Angeles. The Dodgers can afford to pay the small tax and would not incur significant penalties considering their status below the line.

Morosi writes:

One inverse of the sellers’ need to act is that buyers have greater spending capability now than in previous seasons, because of the way multiple big-spending clubs have brought their payrolls below the competitive balance tax threshold.

The Dodgers were looking at potentially adding big fish like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this passed off-season, or Nolan Arenado next off-season. Now, because they did not (or cannot) spend that money, they have future spending power and a brighter future than almost any team in the league.

The club maintains the third-best farm system in baseball according to Fangraphs, the best record in baseball, and have $80 million or so coming off the books after this season. Some of that $80 million will of course be allocated back to the current club, with arbitration numbers jumping for many of the Dodgers’ younger players.

The time to spend is now.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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  1. Does this mean the Dodgers have money to spend now before the trade deadline to maybe get DeGrom or Greinke and not have to trade top prospects just a lower prospect or 2 by taking on those huge contracts?

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