Andrew Friedman not looking to trim Dodgers’ payroll

GLENDALE, Ariz.– For three years, the Dodgers were fiscally responsible when it concerned payroll– well, at the very least relatively so.

After paying approximately $150 million in affordable balance tax obligation (aka luxury tax) from 2013 with 2017 as well as leading the majors in pay-roll for the last 4 of those years, the Dodgers’ pay-roll came down in 2018-20 as well as they paid no high-end tax obligation.

While the remainder of MLB reined in the investing following 2020’s economic difficulties, nonetheless, the Dodgers went skyrocketing past the luxury tax obligation limit when again. The twin signings of pitcher Trevor Bauer as well as third baseman Justin Turner in the week before springtime training camps opened took the Dodgers’ forecasted payroll for 2021 past the $250 million mark. That would certainly trigger one of the most expensive fines, costing them about $13 million in luxury tax settlement and moving their first choice in the draft back 10 spots next year.

Yet Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman claimed there is no stress from possession to lose payroll this year.

“I assume our key focus gets on doing everything we can to protect our title,” Friedman claimed. “Profession conversations, I make certain, will take location throughout spring training yet it’s not something that’s front of mind for us in regards to relocating cash. The relocations as well as points that we have actually done the previous three years provided us a little much more flexibility now. I think from our viewpoint we really feel truly great concerning the group we have in area.

“We understand that there’s some included expenses connected with it, which is not optimal, but it is a price. Yet we seem like with where we are as a team we have that the benefit kind of outweighs that.”

Nothing else group in baseball is currently forecasted to surpass the $210 million deluxe tax limit as groups get ready for another season had fun with limited profits from ticket sales at finest.

Friedman claimed the Dodgers’ present pay-roll level is “not lasting”– the very same label he applied while working to get pay-roll listed below the high-end tax threshold three years back– and the group could re-set the luxury tax obligation charges by dipping back under the limit for at the very least one year.

“We don’t ever before watch our payroll at any type of one minute in time,” he stated. “We truly view it over a two-, three-, 4-, five-year period. So where we are right currently, I would not be shocked at all if this is where we completed the year. As well as we’re all right with it and also factored it in.”

The Dodgers do have a potential $72 million coming off guides at the end of this year when bottles Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and also Joe Kelly and also shortstop Corey Seager can come to be totally free representatives. Yet they also have a lot more than $130 million already devoted to 10 players in 2022.

Past that, outfielder Mookie Betts and also Bauer are the only professionals under contract– and Bauer could potentially pull out following this season or next. Three other players (Turner, infielder Max Muncy and alleviation pitcher Blake Treinen) have club options for 2023 and one (outfielder A.J. Pollock) has a gamer choice.

BACK-UP STRATEGY

Austin Barnes has invested the past four years as the Dodgers’ backup catcher for six months, April through September, then became the leading man behind the plate in October.

The Dodgers have played 54 postseason video games in those previous 4 seasons. Yasmani Grandal and also Will Smith used more offending upside than Barnes. Yet it was Barnes who started 30 of them at catcher, including 15 of the 18 Globe Series video games (Smith started 4 of the 6 Globe Series games in 2015 at DH).

“I desire to be in those video games. I intend to remain in important games. I really feel great that they trust me in one of the most crucial games of the year,” Barnes stated. “I think it returns to preparation. I’m all set for those video games and I feel great in those video games. I really feel confident. As well as I seem like I deal with the bottles well in those games. I feel like I can calm some of those guys down, the more youthful guys.

“I have actually existed a little bit and I’ve won a few of those huge video games and also I’ve lost them. There’s a great deal to gain from both. Those games are fun. They’re intense as well as I know this company is all regarding winning. However anytime I can act I’m happy with it.”

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The Dodgers acknowledged Barnes’ value by signing him to a two-year, $4.3 million contract this offseason.

“I presume it’s a backup, however I don’t see it therefore. I assume it’s a 1 and 1A,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated of the capturing tandem of Smith and also Barnes this year. “They’re both very valuable and also I believe that we’ve done an excellent job of utilizing both of them and manipulating strengths and things to help us win baseball video games whether it be the routine period or the postseason.

“I simply do not desire Austin to type of entered the period as a back-up since clearly in the postseason, yeah, we leaned on him.”

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SportsNet LA revealed that it will certainly telecast all 29 preseason video games– 26 from Arizona plus the three-game Highway Series in Southern California.

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