"We hear from you and Ned that it is "business as usual." Yet, that is becoming increasingly difficult for fans to believe, given the actions of a major-market team that just about broke even last season. In the last two years, in addition to the Wolf decision, the Dodgers have:
* Deferred more than $45 million in player salaries, most of that with Manny Ramirez
* Traded top prospects in lieu of picking up contracts
* Declined to bid on virtually every top free agent
*Declined to bid on top international prospects
* Spent fewer dollars than any other club in the last two drafts
* Delayed playoff ticket refunds this year
*Fired more than a dozen employees
* Didn't re-invest $19 million from the Jason Schmidt insurance payment and the Manny Ramirez suspension into baseball operations"
The Dodgers are where they are today primarily thanks to their farm system, and the lack of spending there is what will hurt them down the road. You know, after the divorce, through the sale and all that.