In just the last few months, the Los Angeles Dodgers have transformed their roster via trade in a clear sign to the rest of the league they are serious about winning now. The amount of players they have acquired, and the money they have taken on, is shocking, but according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post may be just getting started.
After adding Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford, the Dodgers apparently also inquired with the Yankees about C.C. Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. New York told them no and a deal is not expected, but it further shows the Dodgers mean business and could be on their way to building a genuine super team.
Los Angeles may have heard 'no' from the Yankees, but it doesn't mean they won't be looking for something similar perhaps in the offseason during free agency. They clearly have money to spend and want to address every position on the field. If they were to acquire Teixeira for instance, either he or Gonzalez would have to play third base.
The Dodgers have yet to take off even with their new players, they have lost six of their last ten and remain in second behind the Giants in the N.L. West. But a full offseason of moves and time for the players to gel could produce the most talented team in the National League.
As the Dodgers simply get to know each other as new teammates, the Nationals are moving forward with the best record in the National League. But could the Dodgers be the future team to beat in the N.L.? With a roster imitating the Yankees as far as depth and payroll, the potential is there. We have, however, seen teams load up and look good on paper only to fail and never win a World Series.
You can always count on the New York Daily News to run an audacious cover. The tabloid delivered again Friday with an image edited to show two of the league's best young hitters in Yankees pinstripes: Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Orioles short stop Manny Machado.
"Bats to the Future" is exactly the headline you'd expect, too.
It's hard to tell what's more odious to Washington and Baltimore fans: the image itself or the suggestion that baseball's new collective bargaining agreement makes it easier for the Yankees to poach their stars.
The premise of that argument comes from sources who say the new CBA contains two changes beneficial to New York: reduced revenue sharing burden (due to tweaks in how sharing is calculated, plus a deduction for the cost of building and running Yankee Stadium) and an increased luxury tax threshold.
Without going into number crunching detail, the Daily News explains how the club could afford Harper and/or Machado when they become free agents after the 2018 season.
The article's tone of inevitability, despite its many assumptions, will rankle fans of all 29 other teams. After all, the Yankees aren't the only franchise interested in Harper and Machado.
The Nationals and Orioles will presumably try to keep their stars. But to do that, they may have to fend off potentially historic money from the Bronx.
MORE BASEBALL: Nats let Ben Revere walk
Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.
The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs.
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