It's really sad that this FO has some sort of self-imposed contract limit when other teams don't and they are willing to let a closer like KJ go then go sign some stiff and spin it to their fans that they are committed to winning a WS. I'm not a fan of stupid deals but they commit money to trash like Hatcher who has failed at every opportunity and a guy like KJ who was our warrior last year is going to make one of our competitors a lot better.
All these dead contracts are coming back to haunt us big time.
I'm thinking this sums up most of our collective frustrations... "Dodgers Hamstrung By Wasteful Spending" (via Bleacher Report)
Most of it isn't this FO's fault, and is largely overblown, IMO. To many, their most frustrating signings in terms of lost dollars are McCarthy, Kazmir, and Sierra (not to me, though, I didn't dislike any of those deals at the time. Hindsight is 20/20). They hedged on these contracts, too; only $20.5 MM is committed to McCarthy, Kazmir, and Sierra in 2017. That's it. Plus, they were able to shed a majority of Kemp's contract before it became an albatross, while giving us one of the best catchers in the game for the money. The previous regime's contracts like Crawford, Ethier, Guerrero, Arruebarrena, Kemp, and Agon are the biggest financial weights. I particularly hated the Ethier deal, at the time.
Outside of Kersh, our best players in 2016 were remarkably affordable. There are even new players with unexpected upside in Toles and Thompson to get excited about, and we continue to have one of the best farms in baseball while winning the division four years in a row. Truly an amazing accomplishment.
I'm continually surprised that I'm in the minority (maybe because the others have fled the forums), but I love this front office. Sure, they are going to make some mistakes, but their mistakes are often hedged, and rarely Stewart- or Amaro-ian. I don't support them on here enough, largely because I tire of the thought of potentially igniting some sort of lasting discord on here. In spite of it all, I respect all of your opinions!
The team needs to get under the luxury tax threshold, an understandable goal. If they can sign Turner/Jansen while still achieving that in the next year or two, great! If they can't, then I can absolutely see the argument to let Kenley walk.