This is how it largely worked for Ned Colletti in recent years: Frank McCourt would give him a number, and then expect the general manager to bring in the team payroll at or under that figure.
So maybe he loses a Hiroki Kuroda because he costs a tad too much, and then tries to make up for it by signing Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.
Those payroll juggling days, however, may be over for Colletti. At least in the fashion hes grown accustomed to.
New team President Stan Kasten said Wednesday thats not the way he operates. There will be no preset payroll figure; the Dodgers opening-day payroll this season was 91 million.
I expect moving forward its going to be north of where it is now, Kasten said. But I have to tell you, I never focus on a target in getting the 25 guys. Because as you know, there are some teams that are really good with very low payrolls, and you would rather have those teams than a higher payroll team thats not.
So focus on the players that we get and dont worry...