Apparently the new Dodger ownership was not kidding when they said they were willing to open up the wallet and expand the budget. Here’s the score card on the moves the new ownership has done since taking over:
- Sign Andre Ethier to a 5-year, $85 million extension
- Sign Cuban prospect Yasiel Puig to a 7-year, $42 million contract
- Trade for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Marlins
- Traded for Brandon League from the Mariners
- Traded for Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton from the Phillies in separate deals
- Trade for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from the Red Sox
If you’re keeping track, that’s $432 million in contracts that the new ownership has committed to. For perspective, former owner Frank McCourt paid $421 million for the team in 2004. You should also keep in mind that the new ownership did not officially take over until May 1st, a month into the season.