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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  • Char

    Well, finally. Has sanity actually reached the cash cows of the Dodgers elitists? If so, it sure took a long time in coming. Califonia is supposedly broke, and yet this multi-million dollar sports franchise continues to spend huge bucks buying their overpaid Hollywood players. Spending money on development and grooming of homegrown talent is, to me, the smartest and sanest decision the Dodgers money bags have ever made…that is if they actually mean it. Hmm, I’m skeptical. We”ll see if the owners & front office are serous or if their just BSing. 2014 will tell.
    (A devout Cardinal fan who would still Like to see the Dodgers become the great team they were…wayback when ( :

    • nwh2787

      Red Sox are full of money too, I hope you guys can handle them.

    • bb91103

      1) Step away from 2008. Supposedly broke is corrected because it is false. The State budget is at a surplus in 2013. This is not St Louis (ranked #2 behind Detriot in murder rate). Magic Johnson is an elitist? I am thinking he has done more for black people than your entire klan has ever done. Yeah what a jerk.
      2) Even if the State is broke, what does the State budget have to do with private enterprise spending? God you are stupid. Stupid enough to pay all the money to the Rams when they left LA. When the Rams wanted to new stadium the tax payers here gave them the middle finger. I am sure you think you guys came out way ahead on that deal huh?
      3) I don’t recall Carlos Beltran, Molina, Carpenter playing for the league minimum wage and none of them came up through your farm system. Yes you have more home grown players than other teams but other teams have done fine buying/selling/trading players. The media has blown smoke up your rear.
      4) FYI the Dodgers had 3.7 million fans through the gate. #1 in MLB.
      5) Didn’t your old school club know Mark McGwire was on dope or did your management turned the other cheek and cashed in? So they are pretty much like every other douchebag business out there seeing green.
      6) The new Dodgers management told you they were going to do this. As a devout fan I am quite shock how uninformed you are. They told everyone they were going to spend a lot of money to restore the fan’s faith after the McCourt debacle. Then they said they will move to rebuild the farm system. This is what they have said all along.
      So at what point are you actually going to use real facts and figures when trying to make a point instead of spilling out line after line of rhetoric. Good old days this good old days that. Blah blah blah blah….

  • Erik

    @Char, Although your post makes somewhat sense, let me point out to you as a beloved Dodgers fan of 30+ years why this ownership spent as lavishly as they did. After several years of ownership by Frank McCourt (remember him?). The Dodgers started losing many loyal fans because we refused to give this crook of an owner any more money. As much as it hurt us, it was a necessary thing. The new ownership knew this coming in and the only way to start getting these fans back was by gaining the trust and assurance that order would be restored. How do you restore order? By making an IMMEDIATE impact that shows the new ownership is committing to winning right from the get go. No rebuilding process, we want to win now was the message heard loud and clear. Now the Dodgers were the top draw both at home AND on the road. It is pretty clear this ownership made their point and now is making a case that they are in it for the long haul by rebuilding, a once strength of the Dodgers, their farm system. I feel this is great news!

  • Char

    Now I know how the Dogers felt! I bet you guys are just lovin’ this Cards-Sox game. Oh well, as a famous ball player once said, “it ain’t over till it’s over!” There’s always tomorrow. : )