Andre Ethier

A $300-million team? Don't expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again

A $300-million team? Don't expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again

If the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez five years ago marked the beginning of the most extravagant era in Dodgers history, his departure last week signaled its end.

The Dodgers have paid a record amount in luxury taxes the past five years, nearly $150 million. They will spend again, but not like they have in recent seasons.

The 110th page of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement explains why: Any team with a payroll that exceeds the designated “second surcharge threshold” will not only pay a heavy monetary fine, but will also have its top pick in the amateur draft moved back 10 places.

Considering how the Dodgers have preached the importance of a robust...

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