With Greinke And Ryu Signings, Dodgers Set MLB Record For Highest Payroll Ever
The Los Angeles Dodgers have just announced two major signings this week: pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Greinke’s six year deal is for $147 million, while Ryu’s six year deal is worth $62 million. Both these signings will push the Dodgers payroll for the 2013 season to over $225 million, a Major League record, according to the LA Times.
Feeling to urge to speak the obvious, THAT IS A S***TON OF MONEY. That’s like, unprecedented. That is as far removed from the McCourt era is the Dodgers can possibly get. These new owners are serious.
We could get into detail about how Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has never actually seen Ryu play in person, being that Ryu played in the Korean Baseball Organization, or how the Dodgers now have one of the best bullpens in the league.
But let’s face it, the real story here is the money. Doing the math, the new ownership of the Dodgers has taken on over $530 million dollars in NEW player contracts since taking over in April of this year. NEW contracts. Not counting Kemp’s extension or the forthcoming Kershaw extension. That’s over $530 million spent in less than 8 months. And that’s after paying $2.1 billion to buy the team.
The sheer amount of dough this team is drowning in is incredible. Spending money like Mayan on… well, you get the point.
– Carlos Delgado and Dr. Cranfill, CBS Radio