Los Angeles Dodgers? More like Los Angeles … Spend-A-Lot-Of-Money-ers, amirite?

According to multiple reports, the Dodgers are getting close to signing the top free agent on the market, starting pitcher Zack Greinke, to an enormous six-year, $145 million deal. The sides haven’t yet reached an agreement, so this isn’t a done deal, but obviously things are getting close.

If the Dodgers land Greinke on that deal, you can expect the free agent market – and, thus, the trade market – to finally shake loose a bit. A number of the next tier of starting pitchers in free agency – Anibal Sanchez, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, for example – seem to be waiting on Greinke before seriously engaging in contract talks. You can also expect the Rangers, who would have lost out on Greinke at that point, to more seriously pursue bringing Josh Hamilton back. That, in turn, could push the Mariners to more aggressively pursue a Michael Bourn or a Nick Swisher in free agency. This could also mean that the Dodgers don’t go all out to sign Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, the pitcher for whom they outbid the Cubs last month in the posting system, and have until tomorrow to sign to a contract. If they don’t come to an agreement, he goes back to Korea for a year to try posting again next year.

As for the Dodgers, should they ink Greinke, their payroll for 2013 is virtually guaranteed (even on a massively backloaded deal) to eclipse the $200 million mark, which is mind-boggling (and makes the Cubs’ projected $85ish million payroll look downright quaint (but spending just to spend is silly, so I’m not complaining at this point)). I know their new owners have bottomless pockets, and their new TV deal is going to pay them a perverse amount of money soon, but it’s still difficult to conceive of the 2014/2015/2016 Dodgers not being hampered by an obscene amount of money tied up in aging, probably very-declining, players they can’t move.

Or they’ll just keep stacking new contracts on top of the old, until their 2025 payroll is $1.9 billion, and they have to shutter the place.

Either way, I’m perfectly content to continue rooting for them to come up just short of the playoffs.

UPDATE: Multiple reports say the two sides have officially come to terms, and the deal is just pending a physical. Bully for them.

  • Eric

    I think Stanton is a pipe dream. We just have to hope one of our own emerges as a stanton. Even though he will cost a lost I almost think that is too much to give up for him. Vogelbach’s highest value is when he’s in AAA knocking on the majors as a Prince Feilder type hitter. Soler, Beaz, and Vogelbach all 3 still have imensely high ceilings. I would hate to trade all 3 of those away especially when none of them are at their prime value yet (near MLB ready). I like Frazier but I think the FO likes either Mannea or Stanek.

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      What you going to say when all your high ceiling guys are either bust outs or mediocre player?

  • MightyBear

    I agree. Stanton is a pipe dream. He doesn’t get traded and if he does, the Cubs don’t get him.

  • Believe in 2015

    When do you think McNutt makes his Cubs debut?

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      About the same time when you do

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  • Deez

    The Speed guys of our era have scared everyone off. I think most people thought you could or would catch a Tim Raines type in Carl Crawford or Jose Reyes!

  • Rich

    Does anyone want the Dodgers plane to slide off the runway? No deaths just a lot of sprains. I am probably jealous that the Cubs could spend a lot of
    money too, but then we would not have the improving farm system and another 100 loss season. But I am sure Almora and Soler will be stars along with Baez and the rest. If the Dodgers win their way , I guess we will have a solid minor league system that we can trade to fill those holes and those remaining pieces.
    So when the Cubs do spend I guess We did it the right way.

    I am quite sure the plan this year is to lose again and it is by design for higher draft picks and trades .

    Let’s see how it plays out but why we wait the economics continue to accelerate out of control