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MLB Players Praise Dodgers’ Offseason Spending Spree in Anonymous Survey

This spring, The Athletic asked more than 100 Major League Baseball players across 18 teams and granted them anonymity to get their unfiltered takes on some of the biggest and most controversial storylines in baseball. 

One of those questions was about the Los Angeles Dodgers and whether their offseason spending spree was good for the game. The results revealed that more than 90 percent answered yes.

“Good for players and good for the game if the right team does it,” said one player. “The game needs the Dodgers, the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Braves, now the Astros. But when you have that, it really makes those matchups interesting. And then if every team has a $300 million player, but it doesn’t really make a difference — like Mike Trout on the Angels. You’d rather see Mike Trout on the Phillies if you’re a baseball fan. So is everybody complaining and saying, ‘They’re just buying their championship’? Not really. Because we’ve proven that the Rays can win, the Yankees can lose.”

Another player said, “The numbers are outrageous, but I bet the Dodgers are already halfway through making that back in what (Ohtani) is for the game. I think it’s cool with him and Yamamoto.”

“It makes the Dodgers must-see TV and everyone plays the Dodgers,” said a third player. “so that’s good for everybody.”

The dissenters had some valid reasons — and maybe a little jealousy.

“I don’t think it was (good for baseball),” one player said. “I just think other teams should be able to spend like that. I feel like the Dodgers are always the team that can get all the best players in the world.”

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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