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09:40 AM ET 07.24 | The Dodgers buying? That concept doesn't mesh with moves that have cut their payroll to about $83 million for current players. Or with owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, spending nearly $20 million on acrimonious divorce proceedings. But GM Ned Colletti said the Dodgers' deficit in the NL West, which was 5 1/2 games before they played the New York Mets on Friday, "is not insurmountable by any means" and he's willing to assume some salary before next Saturday's deadline and the Aug. 31 deadline to trade players who have cleared waivers.

Los Angeles Times

Ned Colletti, Joe Torre, Jeff Gross/Getty Images Ned Colletti, Joe Torre, Jeff Gross/Getty Images
July 24, 2010  10:23 AM ET

The Dodgers are in the 2nd tier of good teams in the NL. And they always choke in the playoffs.

July 24, 2010  11:11 AM ET
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The Dodgers are in the 2nd tier of good teams in the NL. And they always choke in the playoffs.

Which is why they are thinking about making some moves to get better.

July 24, 2010  12:12 PM ET

Until the divorce and ownership issues are resolved, the Dodgers can barely afford a pack a gum.

July 24, 2010  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Until the divorce and ownership issues are resolved, the Dodgers can barely afford a pack a gum.

Or a pack of gum. I really need some coffee...

July 24, 2010  12:42 PM ET

You have to remember that this is a team that happened to snag Manny cheaply (helping them reach the playoffs when they wouldn't have without him) and keep him a little extra time. They just need something along the same lines. I just wish they would've thought of this sooner and gone after Cliff Lee, because I doubt Arizona is going to trade Haren in-division and there aren't any other pitchers worth a damn available.

July 24, 2010  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Dodgers are in the 2nd tier of good teams in the NL. And they always choke in the playoffs.

That must be a small 1st tier, considering the Dodgers had the 4th or 5th best record in the NL going into the All-Star Break. Yeah, they've dropped since then.

July 24, 2010  12:44 PM ET
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You have to remember that this is a team that happened to snag Manny cheaply (helping them reach the playoffs when they wouldn't have without him) and keep him a little extra time. They just need something along the same lines. I just wish they would've thought of this sooner and gone after Cliff Lee, because I doubt Arizona is going to trade Haren in-division and there aren't any other pitchers worth a damn available.

The Dodgers don't need starting pitching. They need middle relief and another bat. They haven't hit squat since the all-star break.

July 24, 2010  12:59 PM ET

the dodgers with the divorce case on their way can't advance an go nowhere!

July 24, 2010  02:35 PM ET

All talk and no Pay makes the Dodgers a dull team...

July 24, 2010  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You have to remember that this is a team that happened to snag Manny cheaply (helping them reach the playoffs when they wouldn't have without him) and keep him a little extra time. They just need something along the same lines. I just wish they would've thought of this sooner and gone after Cliff Lee, because I doubt Arizona is going to trade Haren in-division and there aren't any other pitchers worth a damn available.

And a lot of their total payroll going down is just by dead weight falling off the books. Anyone remember all that Jason Schmidt contributed to the Dodgers?

July 24, 2010  08:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Until the divorce and ownership issues are resolved, the Dodgers can barely afford a pack a gum.

Jamie could make some money pole dancing

July 25, 2010  12:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Jamie could make some money pole dancing

Not folding money....

July 25, 2010  09:24 AM ET

In the weakest division in MLB, the Dodgers are in 3rd place. Just don't see them as a serious team.

Weak starting pitching, overpaid and under-performing players in Martin and Padilla.....

Lots of teams have this problem, but most of them find a way to cut bait, looks like the Dodgers are holding onto marginal talent.

July 25, 2010  11:25 AM ET
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In the weakest division in MLB, the Dodgers are in 3rd place. Just don't see them as a serious team.Weak starting pitching, overpaid and under-performing players in Martin and Padilla.....Lots of teams have this problem, but most of them find a way to cut bait, looks like the Dodgers are holding onto marginal talent.

Weakest division? You don't follow baseball too much do you? Best pitching in any division. Only division with 4 teams over 500. You think the NL west is weaker than either central division? You need to re-think your comment.

 
July 25, 2010  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

In the weakest division in MLB, the Dodgers are in 3rd place. Just don't see them as a serious team.Weak starting pitching, overpaid and under-performing players in Martin and Padilla.....Lots of teams have this problem, but most of them find a way to cut bait, looks like the Dodgers are holding onto marginal talent.

Looking at just the National League, here are the aggregate records:

NL West: 252 - 213, 0.542 Winning pct

NL East: 248 - 239, 0.509 Winning pct

NL Central: 273 - 315, 0.464 Winning pct

Since the cumulative winning percentage of games within the division is always 0.500, how far a division is distant from that figure is a function of how they play against other divisions. The NL West has the best winning percentage in the NL. How again is it the weakest division?

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