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.
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.
If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017.
Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015.
According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.
Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work.
With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017.
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Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket.
He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special.
If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket.
There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper."
He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet.
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