Hello everyone, we have had an exciting couple of years as we have moved out of the Frank McCourt era into the Guggenheim era. After 2 years it is looking like their plan for the Dodgers is coming into focus.
Current Payroll: ~$240 million (not including Jansen and Ellis arbitration, filling out the bench, and possibly Tanaka or Arroyo)
That number looks really imposing, but let's take a look at some of the contracts that will be coming off the books next season.
Josh Beckett: $15.75 million
Chad Billingsley: $12 million (Unless the Dodgers miraculously pick up his 2015 option for $14 million)
Dan Haren: $10 million (Unless he gets to 180 IPs, in which case we got him for 1 more year)
Unless Haren has a big bounce back year this year, I don't see any of these guys coming back to the Dodgers in 2015. That is almost $38 million in savings in one season. Suddenly that $240-$270 million doesn't seem so monstrously high (though obviously it is still up there).
Then after 2015, the following contracts come off the books.
Brian Wilson: $10 million
Brandon League: $9.5 million
JP Howell: $4 million
Juan Uribe: $7 million
Suddenly another $30 million comes off the books again. So in the next two years the Dodgers have ~$70 million coming off of their payroll. That is quite a bit of flexibility that they know they have.
All those positions have potential to be filled in house.
Zach Lee - He may even come up this year
Can fill in the bottom 2 SP positions (or 1 if we get Tanaka) and also maybe fill out our bullpen.
Corey Seager steps in for Uribe
So basically after the 2015 season it becomes about waiting for 2019, when a lot of the big contracts come off the books