Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Dodgers... Are the Dodgers really as good as their payroll suggests? With a payroll of over $213 million, without counting the posting fee for Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers believe they have bought themselves a true World Series contender. The rest of the baseball world seems to believe that too because, well, how could a team that spent that much not be a championship caliber club? But don't let the stacks of cash blind you, there is a possibility that the Dodgers aren't really that good. After all, there is a big difference between spending smart and spending because you can and when you dig deep, it seems that the Dodgers might fall into the latter category. One of the more derided signings of the off-season was the three-year, $22.5 million contract they gave to Brandon League, who is hardly considered to be an elite closer and may, in fact, not be the best reliever on the team even. That is just one example of where GM Ned Colletti was throwing around cash because he could, not because the performance or market demanded he do so. The giant contract Los Angeles later rewarded to Zack Greinke is also one that was called into question, but at least there was a consensus that Greinke actually is a top pitcher in the game. Maybe he isn't at the level that he deserves the largest contract ever given to a right-handed pitcher, but he is a guy who has a Cy Young one his resume. What the Dodgers may have really set themselves up to look bad though was that fateful trade with the Red Sox last July that really began the Dodgers' wild spending spree. They assumed hundreds of million in long-term contract obligations to bring aboard star players Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. Or perhaps we should refer to them as former stars. Adrian Gonzalez is supposed to be the big slugger in the middle of the order to protect Matt Kemp, only A-Gon is coming off a year where he posted an .805 OPS and .164 ISO, not exactly the kind of power one expects from someone paid to be an elite slugger. Then there is Crawford who is supposed to be the sparkplug of their offense, only he is coming off Tommy John surgery and a wildly disappointing year-plus in Boston. As for Josh Beckett, he is mostly trading off a his legacy at this point having turned in rather pedestrian years in four of the last five seasons. And while he came in a different trade, you could lump Hanley Ramirez into this group as a brand name player who hasn't performed anything like a star in recent years. What the Dodgers really seem to have paid for, in true Hollywood fashion, is star name recognition, not actual star production. Even their holdover players like Andre Ethier benefited in such a manner. He received an $85 million contract extension in 2012 that the Dodgers lost faith in so quickly that they shopped him incessantly over the off-season. Working in LA's favor is that they do still have Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw who are both arguably top ten players in all of baseball. With them leading the way, they may not need to have all their expensive imports to play up to their paycheck but rather merely be above average because with the way the Dodgers have been spending the last year, they'll probably just go out and flash more cash at the trade deadline to fill whatever holes they have come mid-season. It isn't a strategy anyone but the Yankees can pull off, so we will see if it actually works for the Dodgers in 2013. Dodgers on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I'm a Dreamer 2013 Burning Question This Is My Nightmare (3:00 PM) 2013 X-Factor (4:30 PM) [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Celtics looking to make LeBron's life difficult in playoff series

WATCH: Luke Rockhold chokes out Lyoto Machida

WATCH: Masai Ujiri fires up Raptors fans with expletive

Andre Johnson: Signing with Colts not about revenge

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst


Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

Report: Todd Gurley's knee checks out well in evaluation

WATCH: All 286 3-pointers Steph Curry made this season

WATCH: Devan Dubnyk makes great save while leaving net

Sabres GM not happy about losing draft lottery

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

Five early takeaways from the 2015 MLB season

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.