27 biggest free agent contracts in Los Angeles Dodgers history
It's time for a history lesson, Los Angeles Dodgers fans! A trip down memory lane of the organization's largest free agent expenditures!
The Dodgers, as of this moment, bring in the most revenue of any MLB team at $595 million and are just behind the Yankees with a $4.075 billion net worth. They've been the league's most aggressive spender over the last decade, up until Steve Cohen's purchase of the New York Mets.
That hasn't stopped the Dodgers from spending big and maintaining a high payroll, but they did take a bit of a break this offseason, as they seemingly gear up to lure Shohei Ohtani to Chavez Ravine after the 2023 campaign.
He might top this list next year, but for now, here are the 27 biggest free agent contracts in the history of the Dodgers.
27. Kirk Gibson - three years, $4.5 million, 1988
This isn't "officially" No. 29, but we couldn't exclude this deal, which propelled the Dodgers to a World Series victory in 1988. The $4.5 million (over three years!) lured Gibson, who was one of the league's best players, away from the Detroit Tigers. Nowadays, $4.5 million gets you a mid-tier reliever in the midst of a Tommy John recovery.
26. Jeff Kent - two years, $17 million, 2004
One of the best second basemen of all time, Jeff Kent signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2005 season after two years in Houston. This deal added more intensity to the rivalry with the Giants, though, because he played the previous six years before that in San Francisco. Kent spent his final four MLB seasons in LA before calling it a carer.
25. Clayton Kershaw - one year, $17 million, 2021-22
Woah, didn't think we'd be fast-forwarding this far this early on, but Clayton Kershaw's 2022 contract was on the lighter side because the left-hander was unsure of his playing future and was coming off another injury-shortened season where he logged a 3.55 ERA, the second-worst mark of his career aside from his rookie campaign in 2008 (4.26). Get used to Kershaw, though, because he'll be on this list a few more times.