What did you do this weekend? The Los Angeles Dodgers spent about $208 million.
LA came to agreement with free-agent starter Zack Greinke and signed Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-jin as their weekend activity. We can anticipate that Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will argue it out on the mound this season to see who is number one.
Clearly while most teams have no aces, the Dodgers have two. And beyond those two, the Dodgers have a rotation that can also include Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, and Ted Lilly, so not only do the Dodgers have a pair of aces, they are holding a full house.
Since July the Dodgers have dispensed their largess by acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins in July and to Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford acquired from the Red Sox in late August.
Greinke was the top free-agent starter available this offseason and the Dodgers not only will be paying him $147 million over six years, but he has an opt-out after three seasons as compensation for his contract not containing a no-trade provision.
Ryu may start, so to speak, in the bullpen for the Dodgers. He appears to be a three-pitch pitcher with a very good changeup, a very good fastball, and a fair to middling curve. He was signed to a six-year, $36 million deal after paying his South Korean team a $25.7 million posting fee.
The pair of signings means that the Dodgers, with a surplus in their rotation, are probably not not wheeling and dealing this offseason with the Dodgers’ payroll for 2013 slated to be between $210 million and $220 million…for now.