The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to take over the world.
It's an entirely sensible ambition, given a recent franchise sale value ($2.15 billion) comparable to the gross domestic product of Aruba.
The Dodgers have mustered resources for several months, plopping down a cool $250 million on a single August afternoon to acquire four players from the Boston Red Sox. Big names have arrived at such a frenetic pace -- Hanley Ramirez here, Adrian Gonzalez there -- that some observers are wondering if the Dodgers have a rationale for all the glitzy moves.
The Dodgers' player payroll obligations stand at roughly $200 million for the 2013 season -- second only to the New York Yankees, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts. Set aside the last miserly years of the McCourt regime, and that sounds about right: New York is the nation's largest city, followed by Los Angeles. The flagship teams in each market should spend accordingly. Hardly baseball's nouveau riche,...