Russell Martin to the Dodgers, Who Are Probably Going to Do More Fancy Accounting (UPDATE: Yup!)

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Russell Martin to the Dodgers, Who Are Probably Going to Do More Fancy Accounting (UPDATE: Yup!)

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So much for the lean hope that the Cubs and Blue Jays could get together on a swap of bad contracts:

The financial particulars aren’t out yet, but by my math, since Martin is making $20 million in actual money this year, and since the AAV of his deal is just $16.4 million, if the Blue Jays include $16.4 million or more in this trade, the luxury tax payroll hit for the Dodgers … will be zero. He’d cost the Dodgers $3.6 million in actual salary, but it’ll be like Martin is free for luxury tax purposes. And even if the Dodgers wind up paying more like $5 million for Martin, that’s still barely any luxury tax payroll.

The Dodgers make these kind of accounting moves all the time, so I’m expecting to see it again.

UPDATE: I was right!

So, that’s a zero cost move for the Dodgers for luxury tax purposes. Le sigh. Good on them.


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