When the Los Angeles Dodgers won the 2020 World Series, I had decided the team would receive a moratorium on expectations for five years. I figured it would be better for my heart and liver to be satisfied with a World Series title and let five years pass before expecting another.
Newsflash: I LIED!!!!
After a 99-day lockout initiated by the baseball owners, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Dodgers need to win today, tomorrow, and every day. The Dodgers have the money and resources to make the ’90s Yankees dynasty seem like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.
If the Dodgers really are the team that throws money at every problem, then it’s time to start continuing that trend. There’s no guarantee Max Muncy can fully recover from his UCL tear and last the entirety of the 2022 season while playing at an MVP level. So then go and get Freddie Freeman. Reports suggest Freeman wants six years on his next deal. Shouldn’t be a problem for the Dodgers, who want to keep this championship window open as long as possible.
If Arte Moreno and his gang of cheapskates want all the profits and none of the effort, then bury them. If you want Freeman to sign, find out what number the Atlanta Braves will match and blow past it.
The new agreement pushed the competitive balance tax threshold to $230 million, you know what the penalty for going over by the first time is? It’s 20% on every dollar that exceeds $230 million. So if the Dodgers added an extra $40 million to go up to $270 million, they’d pay $8 million in penalties. AKA, nothing. Beer sales for two weeks?
The Dodgers just got a “hometown discount” from Clayton Kershaw, who agreed to a 50% pay cut to sign a one-year deal, Trevor Bauer has been placed on administrative leave pending his MLB suspension freeing up more money. All of this to say the Dodgers are finding money from all sorts of places (on top of having the most resources) and can be big players in the current market coming out of the lockout.
I don’t want to hear about building with resources from within or being smart with their money. Those days should be over it’s a new era, and there are no more excuses. Sign Freeman, sign Jorge Soler, flood the market with cash, overwhelm the league, win another World Series, and figure it all out next year or the year after.
Everyone already complains the Dodgers work to “buy championships.” Maybe it’s time to actually do it.