Will the Dodgers’ massive future payroll commitments handcuff Andrew Friedman?


Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Dodgers is rough on Tampa Bay, but I’m fascinated with the situation as an experiment/test case. What happens when you take someone who thrived running a team with $50 million and give him $250 million?

Of course, Friedman won’t exactly have a clean slate waiting for him in Los Angeles.

In fact, the Dodgers’ future payroll commitments are pretty crazy. They already have $190 million in guaranteed salaries for 2015, plus $170 million for both 2016 and 2017. They even have $130 million committed for 2018.

Their payroll this season was an MLB-high $240 million, but the Dodgers’ incredibly lucrative television contract suggests that will just keep rising and rising. In other words: Friedman is coming to a team that has a ridiculous amount of money already tied up many years into the future, but he still might have a ton of money to sling around.

This has the potential to be very interesting. And very scary for the rest of the NL West.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.