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A Dodgers team with seven $20M men?

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07:34 AM ET 01.16 | Given Clayton Kershaw's deal and a willingness to take on more salary, clearly, Los Angeles is playing on a different financial field. The Dodgers likely will zoom past $250 million if they sign [Masahiro Tanaka]. Kershaw will be their fifth $20 million a year player, joining Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Tanaka would make six. Hanley Ramirez could make seven, if the Dodgers sign him to an extension. But who's counting? The Dodgers treat the luxury-tax threshold the way teenage drivers treat yellow caution lights -- they barely note the warning, then floor it. ... The threshold is rising from $178 million to $189 million, but the Dodgers' payroll likely will rise in kind. And, as a second-time offender, the Dodgers will be taxed at a rate of 30 percent.

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January 16, 2014  08:08 AM ET

...la- la land has earned its moniker between studid angels and stupider dodgers....would have been better off to redirect some budget for parking lot security.....

January 16, 2014  08:16 AM ET

Nobody has more money than the Dodgers. Nobody, and they fully intend to spend it.

January 16, 2014  09:31 AM ET
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Nobody has more money than the Dodgers. Nobody, and they fully intend to spend it.

Yep, as they should be

January 16, 2014  09:47 AM ET

I thought Kershaw was gonna' be the first $30 Million dollar man ...

semantics?

January 16, 2014  09:57 AM ET
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I thought Kershaw was gonna' be the first $30 Million dollar man ... semantics?

Ummm ... if you divide $215MM by 7 you get ...

<drum roll>

$30.71MM per year.

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January 16, 2014  10:30 AM ET

LA, land of women, money and players on the DL!!!

January 16, 2014  10:48 AM ET
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I'm not sure I understand how you're figuring that.According to Bloomberg, the Yankees' revenues are approximately 75% more than the Dodgers. Now, the new TV deal kicks in for the Dodgers next year, but it's not going to make up that difference.

You could be right. Regardless, money is not an issue. luxury tax or not, it is not a factor.

January 16, 2014  10:49 AM ET
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Ummm ... if you divide $215MM by 7 you get ...<drum roll>$30.71MM per year.

And it may well go higher. He has an opt out after five years. He will still be young enough to cash in and raise that number. Besides, Trout will surpass that number by then, and it will not even be close.

January 16, 2014  11:10 AM ET
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Nobody has more money than the Yankees. Nobody! Yet the Dodgers fully intend to outspend the Yankees

Here's a different version of what's going on.

January 16, 2014  11:13 AM ET
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LA, land of women, money and players on the DL!!!

........and some really good Taco Stands.

January 16, 2014  11:14 AM ET

National TV money and the local captive TV networks are changing the economics of MLB.
These salary figures are just the beginning of a step up for all MLB payrolls.
Small market teams will have even more difficulty keeping up unless the owners and the Union agree to change the revenue-sharing and Luxury Tax distributions to small market teams.

January 16, 2014  11:33 AM ET
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National TV money and the local captive TV networks are changing the economics of MLB. These salary figures are just the beginning of a step up for all MLB payrolls.Small market teams will have even more difficulty keeping up unless the owners and the Union agree to change the revenue-sharing and Luxury Tax distributions to small market teams.

Small markets will become nothing more that the seconary farm system for the big markets unless something changes.

January 16, 2014  12:42 PM ET

This is sad, to me. Many people have resented the Yankees, for years, due to their high payroll. I would hate for the same thing to happen with the Dodgers.

January 16, 2014  12:47 PM ET
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Nobody has more money than the Dodgers. Nobody, and they fully intend to spend it.

this is out of reach for most of the teams,and nobody can match dollar per dollar against the dodgers blue??

 
January 16, 2014  02:18 PM ET

Dodgers will continue to prove that money doesn't buy championships!

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