Much to the chagrin of Dodgers fans everywhere, it looks like Los Angeles will look to stay under the luxury tax yet again. The Dodgers were able to cut their payroll down in 2018 to avoid any future tax hikes for the next few years. And yet, the Dodgers will still shoot to keep their payroll down.
The #Dodgers plan on staying under luxury tax threshold for at least the next four years, according to a document prepared for potential investors and reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. https://t.co/3xMHVzZ3c4
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 8, 2018
The payroll in 2018 pushed right up to $195 million, right where they needed to be in order to be in compliance with the regulations. The Luxury tax thresholds for the next few years are as follows: $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020, $210 million in 2021. The number has not yet been set for the 2022 season.
If Hyun-jin Ryu and Yasmani Grandal were to accept their qualifying offers and if all seven players receive their arbitration salaries, the Dodgers’ payroll would already be sitting at $190 million. That means that with just 16 players on contract, they have roughly $16 million to work with for the season before hitting the luxury tax. However, investors have already predicted their payroll to sit somewhere around 185 for 2019. It is unclear what direction they will head in the market with this in mind,
Regardless, it does not exactly instill a ton of confidence in a fan base that has watched their team lose back-to-back World Series. This is a team that is looking to win now, and not shelling out money for top free agents could prove to be disastrous. The Dodgers have relied on guys like Chris Taylor and Max Muncy over the past few years, guys that produce 20 million dollar talent for peanuts. Who knows if they will find that guy this year.
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