Jun 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers hat glove and sunglasses in the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers to focus on homegrown talent, won't spend big money

With a payroll that would even make the New York Yankees blush, the Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have no concern when it comes to financials. But apparently, that’s not the case as the Dodgers reportedly don’t plan to spend big in most offseasons and want to shift their focus to homegrown talent, this according to MLB.com:

The billionaire owners from Guggenheim Baseball Management spent lavishly to get within two wins of the World Series, but don’t expect the free spending to continue at the same pace. Don’t expect a Robinson Cano signing.

The Dodgers know they must lock up Clayton Kershaw long term and will consider the same for injury-prone Hanley Ramirez, but management has no intention of being the annual big spender for free agents. The business plan calls for a shift to homegrown talent, sooner rather than later.

Buying talent can certainly put you in a prime position, but as we’ve seen in recent years, teams like the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals (who’ve won the last three World Series – and four if the Cardinals win it in 2013) have built themselves from within, with stars like Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Yadier Molina, Joe Kelly and more peppering their rosters.

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