Originally written on Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle  |  Last updated 11/19/14
As Chad Moriyama noted a while back, it’s not just the oddity of the collection of moves that could lead one to believe the new ownership group is looking at things more so from a PR perspective than from an on-the-field, performance-based one.The humongous trade with the Red Sox is a prime example. The Dodgers took on a quarter of a billion dollars in contracts – let that sink in for a moment – while also giving up a prime prospect (De La Rosa), a pretty good one (Webster), and another solid one (Sands). Even for a team flush with cash after a long period of operating under a broke and crooked owner, the combination of giving up prospects and taking on so much money is absurd and not smart business in the least.Where it becomes a PR move, in appearance, is two-fold. First, Dodgers’ owner Peter Guber said as much in early September:“You can’t tell nine days later. Look at it for a season. Not over three weeks. We did it to send signals, to the fans, to the media. You have to recog...
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