(NEW YORK) — The Dodgers are loaded in Los Angeles with a payroll sitting at $214.8 million for 21 signed players next season.
After their signing last weekend of Zack Greinke for a $147 million, six-year contract, the Dodgers could snap the New York Yankees streak of 14 years of baseball’s biggest spenders.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti spoke about the big size wallet he’s been carrying around all off-season.
“Our payroll a year ago was $90 [million],” Colletti said in an interview on ESPNLA 710. “We’re up over $200 [million] now. If you added it all up, it might be up over 300 [million] over two years. Had we been at 150 last year and 150 this year, nobody would be saying a word, right?
The team traded for Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford last season and already have Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp aboard.
Grienke will join a pitching staff that already features Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett.
Colleti was asked if manager Don Mattingly will be able to guide this team through the season and into serious October baseball next season.
“Donny’s used to pressure,” Colletti told ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “He played a long time in New York, a city that every day is the Super Bowl. I think he’s ready for it, he embraces it.”
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