Revenues, CBT Threshold, and Luxury Tax

January 19, 2019

Yesterday Mark commented, “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.”  Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t, but I assumed that is directed at me since I brought up NYY exceeding the CBT threshold.  I want to be clear.  I never said…

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Free Agency

January 13, 2019

There has been a lot of discussion on the state of free agency.  Many consider the system broke.  Very few teams can be considered as realistic in offering the likes of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.  But the problem is that many of the non “generational” type players wait until the top players sign and then hope that those that miss out on the Harper’s and Machado’s may be in…

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Different Perspectives

January 12, 2019

Editorial Note – This was written before the massive Russell Martin deal went down, and I did not want to consider this post to be like Kemp, Puig, Wood, and Farmer and just dump it.   The written word is a strange thing.  One reader will read comments one way and another reader another way, and yet the writer had a totally different reason for the comment. The most recent…

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Max Muncy – A Year Later

January 3, 2019

It’s been a year since I first wrote that Max Muncy should be considered the LH hitting 2B (01-02-18).  Most did not pay attention, but Max sure did take off in 2018.  At 27, Max slashed .263/.391/.582/.973 propped up by 35 HRs in 481 PA.  He has never shown that kind of power before.  The closest he came was in 2013 when he hit 21 in the California League (A+)…

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Happy New Year 2019!!

January 1, 2019

Since I wasn’t sure if Mark had wifi access or not, on behalf of LADT, let me wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR. 2018 was not my finest year for positive sports results.  Not only did the Dodgers fail to win a WS for the 30th consecutive year, but my Trojans had a less than .500 winning percentage and missed a bowl game (and still retained their head coach????), and…

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The Case For Nick Castellanos

December 31, 2018

There is not a whole lot to talk about that has not already been cut, bit, chewed, swallowed and regurgitated, and probably many times over.  As we have also digested, all of us have favorite Dodgers; many who have moved on to other teams.  I think Bums is holding a spot for Joc for when he gets to the HOF.   One such Dodger fan favorite was Yasiel Puig.  Unfortunately,…

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Bits and Bites

December 30, 2018

The off-season has definitely gotten slow. The transactions have come to a sudden halt during the Christmas season. The Dodgers have even been extremely slow in signing minor league free agents.  Other teams have made moves that appear to have strengthened them but not the Dodgers.   Well folks, it is time to look up some of those patience quotes. Some feel the Dodgers got snookered by the Reds. On the…

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Why Do So Many Dodger Fans Hate Andrew Friedman?

December 29, 2018

If you are not of that ilk, then you will not be offended, but if you are, I have to ask… and I’d like to know: Why do you hate Andrew Friedman so much? Note:This is just not directed to LA Dodger Talk’s readers – This is across the blogosphere. You may say you don’t but that is total BULL, and you know that.  You hate him!  You’ve hated him…

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

December 28, 2018

With apologies to the late great David Bowie.  I continue to read about all the possible changes coming to the Dodgers, and I have zero comfort that any one of them will ever transpire more than another.  I do believe that there will be at least one significant change, maybe more, which is why the negative comments on the Reds trade are curious, unless it gives those who just do…

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What Comes Next Is Not So Simple

December 27, 2018

Before we start this discussion, let’s remember that the time between the Holidays is a real dog when it comes to the Hot Stove League, thus, these really are the Dog Days. OK, let’s look at what the Kemp-Puig-Wood-Farmer trade produced.  The Dodgers sent Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer and $7 million Dollars to the Reds for Homer Bailey and two nice prospects. Very simply, the Dodger…

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