According to Forbes, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the second largest payroll decline in 2018 of all teams.
Moreover, in 2017 the Dodgers had a payroll figure of $253,633,893. Then last season it fell to $195,039,730. Equally important, this was a decline of -$58,594,163. The only team with a greater decline in all of baseball season was the Detroit Tigers. Detroit checked in at over $71 million less spent than in 2017.
Obviously, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has preached management of the figure on a ‘multiyear horizon’. Words like ‘flexibility’ are often used. Now that the Dodgers remained under the luxury tax and cut back on costs, it will be interesting to see how it effects the 2019 on-field product.
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With a marquee free agent like Bryce Harper ripe for the organization’s picking, one wonders if the Dodgers did this by total design.
Either way, the Dodgers do have flexibility going into the future. They were able to deliver a quality product in 2018 – reaching a second straight World Series appearance.
How do you think the Dodgers will manage their payroll in 2019? Will they raise it a bit, and if so; by how much? Or will more cost-cutting measures be taken.