Dodgers have tons of holes to fill and little money to fill them

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Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts put together an interesting piece breaking down the Dodgers’ projected payroll for next season, concluding that they will have spent about $90 million “before they make a single offseason move.”
Obviously the Dodgers have plenty of holes to fill and because of the ugly ownership situation it’s unclear if they’ll even have much payroll space above that $90 million. Part of the problem is that they’ll be paying around $17 million next season to Jason Schmidt, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre, none of whom are actually still on the team.
Weisman does the math and speculates that the Dodgers “almost certainly will trade or non-tender” at least one of Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney, or Russell Martin. Even setting aside the payroll issues Broxton and Kemp seem pretty likely to be shopped hard by general manager Ned Colletti, and they’re slated to make a combined $14 million or so in 2011.

Mike Napoli tore his ACL

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Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus while playing for Triple-A Columbus the other night. The injury will require season-ending surgery.

Given that Napoli will turn 37 this year, given that he will need 10-14 months of rehab and given that, as it was, he was unable to find a major league gig, it’s almost certain that this injury will end Napoli’s career.

Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring. He hit .193/.285/.428 for the Rangers in 2017. If this is it for Napoli, he’ll end his career with a line of .246/.346/.475 with 267 homers and 744 driven in. He appeared in the World Series with the 2011 Rangers, the 2013 Red Sox and the 2016 Indians, winning a ring with Boston.