Whether it was the need to one-up the Dodgers or a decision to add a bat to an already potent lineup, the Angels went deep Thursday when they snapped up free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton with a five-year, 125-million contract.
Its your move, Dodgers.
In a span of three mind-numbing days, the two Southern California teams separated by 35 miles of freeways and congestion signed two high-profile players to deals that will pay them 272 million. But with all that money come big expectations.
The need to win has never been stronger than it is now for the Dodgers and Angels. When teams fall short of the playoffs, then spend big money as they have this week, the results need to reflect the financial commitments. It doesnt always work that way, but thats what owners expect.
In this case, Guggenheim Baseball Management, which purchased the Dodgers last spring, has taken on more than 600 million in salaries since it assumed control of the franchise, including the 147 million that will...