- Corey Seager is back
- Martin and Barnes could rebound
- Several other players will have incremental growth
- Guys like Scott Alexander and Joe Kelley will play a big part (after the season, you may be convinced why I like Kelley and Alexander – Alexander wasn’t far off last year)
When the Dodgers were sold the last time, Guggenheim and Company were not my pick to be the owners, but here we are. There’s nothing you or I can do about that. They are the owners, and they certainly have a very peculiar set of circumstances. They are under SEC investigation, defending lawsuits, their principals are using their personal wealth as security, shareholders are upset (maybe even revolting), they are trying to sell minority interests in the club and in financial documents they say they will stay under baseball’s luxury tax (why they would even say that is puzzling). All of this is happening while they have the second largest Cable TV Deal in baseball and yet many of their fans rarely see them on TV.In fairness, the Dodgers don’t come close to the Yankees in generating revenue. The Yankees generated $619 million in revenue while the Dodgers are $97 million behind the Yankees at $522 million. The Yanks are valued at $4 Billion, the Dodgers are valued at $3 Billion. The fact that the Yankees went over the Luxury Tax Threshold does not mean the Dodgers should do the same. That, and the Yankees have no outside shareholders to revolt. Hopefully you can understand that.From the year after they bought the Dodgers (2013) they were second in payroll and then first in all of MLB Payroll in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Last year, they dropped back to third, and of course Dodger fans started losing their minds… evidently due to advanaced psychosis. The Dodgers outspent the Yankees for four straight years, even though they had less revenue… much less revenue. That should tell you something.It must be psychosis, because psychosis is characterized by an impaired relationship with reality, andthe reality of the situation is that the Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim and Company and until they aren’t (which doesn’t seem to be anytime soon), they are going to run the team however they damn well please. I mean Guggs and Company… not Andrew Friedman. If you want to bitch and moan about the fact that they “evidently” do not want to go over the Luxury Tax Threshold, you can do that, but watch over your shoulder for the guys with the straight jackets. You are getting close to that psychotic arena. If you complain about things that real and unchanging, you are the problem.Look, we can’t change whatever they are going to do. Well, I guess we could, if everyone stopped going to games, but that ain’t happening, so all that is left is to move on. The Dodgers didn’t win any World Series in the years when the had the highest payroll from 2013 to 2017, so maybe, just maybe, that ain’t the Holy Grail anyway.Theo Epstien was/is considered a genius by many as he rebuilt the Cubs and and won another World Championship in 2016, but a few bad contracts derailed his genius. Notice that the Cubs have been quiet this offsesaon? They are about another $75 million behind the Dodgers in revenue and yet they have a similar payroll. They simply can’t afford to pay in free agency this winter since Darvish, Chatwood, Morrow, Zobrist and Heyward are owed $65 million this year and must either produce or the Cubs are screwed!Some of you get confused and blame Andrew Friedman for all this. You are simply shooting the messenger when you complain about him and then call me a “homer.” I don’t like Guggs and Company, but I do like Friedman. I like what he is doing. I like it a lot and like I said yesterday, he is not done, but even if he was done, the team could really be better than last year.