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Whicker: Dodgers’ foot soldiers are leading them to fortune

By in Press Enterprise on October 8, 2017

By Mark Whicker

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ opening day roster had an aggregate salary of $241 million this season. That’s down from $249 million last year. That’s down from $271 million the previous year

Pretty soon they’re going to be cutting coupons and carpooling.

Guggenheim Baseball Partners is a firm that still spends crazy money, no question. The Dodgers will end this season atop MLB‘s salary list as they have the previous three. Should they end this with a World Series championship, people from sea to whining sea will lament that they bought it. Narratives die hard.

The truth is that the Dodgers also had the highest payroll in 2001 and finished 86-76. The link between payroll and performance has always been a tenuous one, as the Twins and Marlins and Rays have proven at various times. As the game skews younger and younger, the correlation will weaken.

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The Dodgers’ five most significant offensive players this season were Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor. Turner made $12 million, on the first year of a deal he signed last winter. Puig made $7 million.

The other three came in at about $1.645 million. Total.

Bellinger, Seager and Taylor ranked 1-2-4 on the club in RBI. They ranked 1-3-5 in home runs. They were 2-3-4 in OPS (on base percentage, plus slugging). Such a season was anticipated from Seager. Neither Taylor nor Bellinger […]    

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