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With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:01 pm
 
MILWAUKEE -- So this is what the Dodgers will look like without Frank McCourt.

This is what the Dodgers should look like.

The McCourt Dodgers were a team with a lower payroll than the Twins. The McCourt Dodgers were known for the people who stayed away, the people (fans and players) who left.

The post-McCourt Dodgers will be a big-market team again.

The post-McCourt Dodgers will be the Dodgers again.

We suspected that already. We have more proof of it now, and it doesn't matter that it was McCourt who appeared with Matt Kemp on Monday, after the 27-year-old star outfielder agreed to one of the biggest contracts in baseball history.

McCourt is on the way out, and this contract is just another reminder that he'll soon be gone.

The Dodgers could sign Kemp for $160 million because anyone who would even think about owning the Dodgers could easily afford a contract like that. The Dodgers could sign Kemp for $160 million because it makes sense for a team like this to keep a player like this.

Baseball understands that it makes no sense to keep teams working through bankruptcy (and through court-supervised ownership changes) to continue operating at a high level. It's why the Rangers were able to trade for Cliff Lee in 2010, even as their sale was in progress.

And it's why the Dodgers were able to commit to Kemp, even though Frank McCourt hasn't yet officially left the building.

It never made sense that the Dodgers would have trouble keeping star players they wanted to keep.

It still doesn't make sense that the Mets aren't able to bid seriously on Jose Reyes, and that they could well lose Reyes to the formerly low-budget Marlins.

Someday, the Mets will rejoin the ranks of the big-market clubs.

The Dodgers just did.

They signed a guy who will finish in the top two or three in Most Valuable Player voting when the award is announced next week. He might even win it.

They signed a guy who would have been a free agent after the 2012 season, which is why he had to be signed this winter (and why the Dodgers couldn't wait until a new owner took over).

It's the biggest contract the Ddogers have ever given out, the biggest contract any National League team has ever given out. Five years from now, we may be saying it's a bad contract -- but we could be saying that about any long-term deal.

That's the risk of doing business, the risk of playing with baseball's big boys.

It's a risk that teams like the Dodgers have no choice but to take, but it's also a risk that teams like the Dodgers can afford to take.

Under Frank McCourt, the Dodgers became a franchise that gave away any big-market advantage it had. They were a team that preferred to give away prospects rather than to spend a few extra bucks in a trade.

They were a team that wasn't in on the big free agents, and was no certainty to even keep its own free agents.

They weren't what they should be. They will be again.

The change won't be complete until the new owner walks in the door, and McCourt finally walks away.

But change is coming, and Monday was a sign of what the Dodgers will look like when it does.


Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:00 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

A lot of that 119 million went to old players no longer on the team. They were paying Manny and Andrew Jones around 30 million dollars. Perhaps Jason Schmidt was still recieving some money.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:25 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

20 mil a year for Kemp? Mistake, big mistake, HUGE MISTAKE! One good year does not make him a superstar. That money would be better spent on Albert who is much closer to a sure thing. Stupid, just plain stupid. In two years he will be an unhappy millionaire because the fans will turn on him if he flops. Atleast he will have a 20 mil a year matress to fall on. When is baseball going to stop making these ignorant guaranteed contracts. That way if he flopped they could just let him go.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:38 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

Please, they can afford this contract. Dodger's can't afford NOT to sign Kemp, don't you see that?

This is a big market team with a huge stadium, that fills seats. Sure, they will need to sell a lot of Dodger Dogs, and they will, just like they do every year. Along with overpriced beer, jerseys, t-shirts, pizza, etc...

 



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:57 am
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

The Dodgers payroll in 2011 was $119,771,499. The Twins were at $113,237,000. When I went to school $119mil was more than $113 mil. Now with regard to signing kemp to $20mil a year for the next 8 is freaking ludricrous. The new owners are going to have to sell alot of dodger dogs to pay the contract. Hopefully this means adios to ethier, trade him now while he still has some value.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:19 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

Paying a player just one season removed from hitting .249, a Hall Of Famers salary for the rest of his effective career, after one great season... is proof the  McCourts aren't the only ones that spend money like it's someone elses.

Big risk ? Yep. Big Reward ? Maybe.

It takes more than Kemp in a career year, to win. 

If Mark Ellis is what the Dodgers can afford now to compliment Kemp...they might have been better off keeping the $160 million and paying for their next 80 first round draft picks with it.

   




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:04 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

I wasn't aware that the new owner was announced, much less that he/she had already set the Payroll.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:42 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

Twins payroll was $112, 737.  LAD payroll was $104, 188, 999. Not much of a difference by sports standards.

Let Knobler continue doing his job admirably, and you just sticking to cleaning bathrooms or picking up Knoblers trash once a week.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:32 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

Baseball understands that it makes no sense to keep teams working through bankruptcy (and through court-supervised ownership changes) to continue operating at a high level.

Mr. Knobler, I assume that the reference to "no" sense is a typo.  Certainly I assume you mean it does make sense to keep such teams working, etc.

However, they're not an improved team yet.  After all, they had Kemp last year, and they'll have him next year.  Obviously some significant on-field changes will be needed.  And in saying that, no disrespect intended--although I'm a Phillies phan, the Dodgers have long been my second-favorite team. 

Beat the Midgets!  (And the D-backs, and the others.)




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:00 pm
 

With Kemp deal, post-McCourt Dodgers have arrived

@Knobler  The Twins Payroll was 120 million $ in 2011.  You think the Dodger will all of a sudden start spending $150 million a year?  Just because someone is welathy doesn't mean that person will start spending like th eYankees and Redsox. Sorry to break it to you.  

The Dodgers will spend between 100-120$ million in salary going with the new ownership.  That's if the ball park is full.  


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