Bauer was kicked out, but ‘Ohtani + Yurias $700 million’ can be covered by the luxury tax bomb
Analysts say that the reason why the Los Angeles Dodgers did not open their wallets this offseason is the preparatory work to catch Shohei Ohtani in the free agent market at the end of this year.
The Dodgers spent only $44.5 million on free agent contracts from November to the 3rd of last year (Korean time). They signed internal free agent Clayton Kershaw for $20 million per year and signed Noah Syndergaard ($13 million per year), JD Martinez ($10 million per year), and Shelby Miller ($1.5 million per year) as external free agents. only
On the other hand, all of the main free agents such as Trey Turner, Justin Turner, Chris Martin, Tyler Anderson, and Andrew Heaney were ignored. It is surprisingly accepted for the Dodgers, the strongest team in the National League West Division and aiming to win the World Series.
This interpretation is due to two reasons. In order to compete with other ‘rich clubs’ for Ohtani, whose ransom has soared to more than $500 million, it is necessary to save money now. Another is that if the luxury tax is imposed this year as well as in 2021 and last year, no matter how wealthy the Dodgers are, they cannot help but worry about their finances. If the luxury tax is paid every year, a high progressive rate is applied.
However, this year, the Dodgers will not be able to avoid the luxury tax if they maintain their current roster. The expected payroll is $245 million, $12 million above the luxury tax standard of $233 million. It exceeded the amount the Dodgers estimated after the end of last season. 먹튀검증
Because of Trevor Bauer. The Independent Arbitration Board reduced the 324-game suspension imposed on Bauer by the Major League Baseball last month for “sexual assault” to 194 games. Accordingly, the Dodgers must pay Bauer $22.5 million of his annual salary of $32 million this year. It was an amount that could have been saved if the 324 game suspension was maintained.
However, Dodgers President Andrew Friedman told the LA Times, “Our relationship with Bauer is completely over. I feel relieved.” I will do my best,” he said.
However, it is a statement that contradicts the move of not hiring any internal free agents except for Kershaw and being passive about recruiting Justin Verlander.