Let's take a quick look at the Dodgers. Yes, they sign everyone and anyone...and they keep getting mentioned for Tanaka...but should they be?
1. Yes. They deserve to be mentioned because they have spent so crazily...but, on the other hand....
2. Coming into 2014, starters on their payroll include Greinke 26M, Josh Beckett 17M, Chad Billingsley 12M, Ryu 4.3M, Dan Haren 10M, and that left-handed elephant in the room...Kershaw...who will either have a new contract or an ARB number... conservatively will put him at 20M......that's $99 million committed to starters
3. How 'bout the pen? Brian Wilson 10M, Brandon League 8.5M, JP Howell 5.5M, Jamey Wright 1.8M, and Chris Perez 2.3M(with a shit-ton of incentives)...so that's another $28 M...and possibly more
4. AGonz 22M, Kemp 21M, Crawford 21M, Hanley Ramirez 16M, Either 15.5M, Juan Uribe 7.5M, Alexander Guerrero 6.5M, & Puig 3.7M..
that's another $113M right there
so conservative 2014 Dodgers salary $230 million with Boston kicking in about 6 to get it down to 224 or so...(and 137M of this money is signed through 2017...not including Kershaw!)
Can they afford this? Forbes lists last years revenue at 245M...but in 2014 the Dodgers will start getting the mega-TV $ they signed(and apparently have already been spending)...which by estimates should kick in 300-400M for the next 20 years...
they have money, but man...there has to be a limit somewhere..