Sunday, February 14, 2010

The distraction of the Dodger divorce

The evil Dodgers have had a lousy offseason, thanks to the divorce between owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports analyzes the split and concludes that Frank McCourt has become quite the tightwad and will have a payroll around $80 million. The attorney for his soon-to-be ex-wife contends that she's lined up partners who can buy out Frank's share -- if the court finds that she's a co-owner.

Deep in the piece is some of the more interesting verbiage -- Set against the backdrop of divorce hearings, Jamie’s request for nearly $500,000 a month in support, and Frank’s claim his personal checking account balance had fallen to $167,000, the club made its first significant personnel decision of the offseason. It would not offer salary arbitration to left-hander Randy Wolf, an 11-game winner and the team’s de facto ace for much of the season. The Dodgers had refused to risk a one-year contract for Wolf, who might have drawn as much as $15 million. And they would not receive the two high draft picks if Wolf signed elsewhere, which he did. And they would not be on the hook for the two signing bonuses those picks would be due. Somewhat lost in the analysis was that the Dodgers really needed the pitching.
As the offseason wore on, agents peddling free agents and general managers hoping to talk trade would contact the Dodgers and get the same message: We’re near our payroll limit. We don’t have the money. Thanks, but no thanks.
“They have great core players, but no depth,” one agent observed. “They can’t fill in their team because they don’t have the money.”

3 Comments:

Blogger Kevin McGonagle said...

D,

I gave you a shout-out on my Twitter list as in my opinion the best of the SF Giants blogs. Hope it stirs up some interest in your creation.

Kevin McGonagle
KRMcG@msn.com

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I always thought the McCourts were even more incompetent than Fox.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Very much appreciated, Kevin. Let's go Giants!

11:49 PM  

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