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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 23, 2016

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That’s right. I have reached episode 1,400.

And for today, I answer a question from superfan @cu8sfan (aka Cubs Fan With An 8.)

He wants to know what career cut short I would want to see play out properly.

The Streak Stays Alive in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Carlos Carrasco, Xander Bogaerts, Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, Freddie Freeman, Gary Sanchez, Andrew Triggs and Jameson Taillon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 20, 2016

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Part 2 of my conversation with Stacey Gotsulias. She talks about sticking with the Yankees throughout the 1980’s when people were jumping ship to the Mets.

It is a stick with your team episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Drew Smyly, Jed Lowrie, Stephen Strasburg, Neil Walker, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Shoemaker and Mark Reynolds all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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Odds To Be The 1st MLB Manager Fired In 2016: Who Is On The Hotseat?

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Hunter Stokes (MLB Reports Part Owner – Chief Writer) 

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Every year there are certain managers that have a ton of pressure to win.  This is always a tough process to think of who will be nixed first.

On one hand, many clubs that should be in contention for the playoffs will see an axe come to their tenure, however sometimes clubs are so bad record wise (even though they were projected to be) that the franchise will just slay the field general in the name of mercy.

As far as under the gun goes. guys like Brad Ausmus, John Farrell and John Gibbons.  are tops on the list. 

Ausmus doesn’t have a track record of any postseason series wins like the latter two here, so he is going to be the #1 favorite out of this group of skippers that could go fast with playoff aspirations if their team struggles out of the starting block.

Gibbons did a great job with Toronto in 2015, but a slow start would really put his name on the block. Say if they are 6 or 7 games behind the playoff bar near Memorial Day.

Farrell has put up back to back 5th place finishes in the AL East after winning the World Series Title in his 1st year of being the skipper in 2013.

Then there is a perennial bad losing club that have long tenured coaches like Walt Weiss and Robin Ventura. I am not sure they should not have been shown the door following last years campaigns. 

Weiss has losing years for every year under his belt, and Ventura rode out 2013 with his late season collapse, but his club has underachieved in every other year.

Still the two most managers on the hot seat are Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves on top of the favorite list at +331, followed by Bryan Price at +441. But I hate putting money on either of these gentlemen with their clubs both being on track to challenge for the worst record in the Majors this year.

Heck, Gonzalez’s predecessor Bobby Cox was the well into his 3rd decade with the “Tomahawk” Choppers when he finally stepped down to a front office job. Gonzalez at least had the Braves in the playoffs in 2012. 

Price can’t really be expected to do anything with this anemic Pitching Staff, and all veterans except for Votto may be available for trade at any point.

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Don Mattingly Gives David Wright Confidence for Upcoming Season

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Freddy Vasquez (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner – metshotcorner.com) 

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David Wright has a very challenging 2016 season in his sights. The talk around baseball this Spring Training is if he is able to be on the field for 100 games, it’s a successful year.

To combat the naysayers, Wright spent a month in California exploring techniques and developing a game plan for a daily regimen to get him ready to play with limited or no effort outside of the ordinary preparation.

Wright himself stated, “So far, so good”, and with that I will have the utmost confidence in our Captain.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 14, 2016

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Today, I went to a pub in London called Glasshouse Stores, and met Mark Blakemore, a die hard fan of the show.

We enjoyed a pint, talked a little baseball and wondered how a guy from England could become a Yankee fan.

It is a night with two mates episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives May.1, 2013 – May.31, 2013 (Episodes 190 – 220)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1219 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 190 – 220 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

We will also archive all of his podcasts to date (in coming weeks) so they are easily accessible for all his fans. Check out all his Archived info here.

Our website followers have grown larger each year for his podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Apr.1, 2013 – Apr.30, 2013 (Episodes 160 – 189)

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Paul Francis Sullivan (please call him Sully) does a podcast 365 days a year – unless it is a leap year – then he will do another 1. He has done a show everyday since Oct.24/2012. This to date represents a streak of 1216 days consecutively!

Past the CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY are episodes 160 – 189 of the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

We will also archive all of his podcasts to date (in coming weeks) so they are easily accessible for all his fans. Check out all his Archived info here.

Our website followers have grown larger each year for his podcast.

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The Miami Marlins In 2016: Contenders Or Pretenders?

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 - 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) - this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 – 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) – this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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The Marlins finally threw down some money on a relevant Free Agent in the past week when they signed LHP Wei-Yin Chen.  The former Oriole received a 5 YR deal worth $80 MIL – that also has a Vesting Option for a 6th year.

Financially speaking, Chen will only earn $14 MIL of that pact in 2016 – thus bringing the Fish to about $77 MIL total team salary to start the campaign.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 1, 2015

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Barry Bonds could be the Marlins new hitting coach?

That is great but they should take it a step further. He should be a PLAYER coach!

It is a return of the King episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 23, 2015

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The Red Sox fan in me is thrilled to see Dave Roberts take over the role as Dodger manager.

It means they are going to play his stolen base in the 2004 ALCS on a loop.ring to his collection.

He has his work cut out for him in LA, but if he does his job, he could add another

It is a turn around to a title  episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Pick KC To Win The 2016 World Series At The 18/1 ODD: It’s Worth It Even To Hedge Later

Since the beginning of the 2014 playoffs, the underdogs have won 16 of the last 18 series, and the only favorites to win were the Royals and Blue Jays in the ALDS rounds this year. Series in which the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers had them on the brink of elimination. We take you behind the curtain to reveal some great gambling perspectives from this in this post.

Since the beginning of the 2014 playoffs, the underdogs have won 16 of the last 18 series, and the only favorites to win were the Royals and Blue Jays in the ALDS rounds this year. Series in which the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers had them on the brink of elimination. We take you behind the curtain to reveal some great gambling perspectives from this in this post.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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I was curious to see what the odds were for the 2016 World Series when they were first posted.  As a former professional gambler this is my favorite thing to do.  I was happy to see the early mistake made by Vegas.  KC at 18/1 odds?  Thanks fellas!

Odds courtesy of vegasodds.com

Dodgers 8/1

Mets 10/1

Blue Jays 10/1

Cubs 10/1

Nats 10/1

Cards 12/1

Astros 12/1

Pirates 12/1

Rangers 12/1

Yankees 16/1

Red Sox 18/1

Royals 18/1
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 23, 2015

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Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America

Don Mattingly is out as the Dodgers manager. How much was his fault? Enough was.

One more day before the third anniversary for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast!

 

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Zack Greinke Should Re-Sign With The Dodgers If Deal Is In The Neighborhood

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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With the Dodgers losing yet another Series in the playoffs they have some big questions about their offseason forthcoming.  Don Mattingly will likely be fired.  Then there is the Zack Greinke situation.

The 31 Year old RHP has a legitimate shot to be the NL Cy Young Winner this year (if it is not Jake Arrieta) – and he couldn’t have picked a better campaign to do this with an opt out clause in his contract.  He will command a hefty sum in the winter.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 16, 2015

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Howard Simmons – NY Daily News

The Mets won a wild and strange finale, Don Mattingly will need to find a new job and Fox Sports has to be thrilled with their potential World Series.

East Side… West Side… Every Body is coming down for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jacob DeGrom, Daniel Murphy, Zack Greinke and Justin Turner all added to their totals for Who Owns October

Daniel Murphy, Kevin Pillar, Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler all were named Division Series MVPs.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 11, 2015

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I missed the craziness and the controversy that happened at Dodger Stadium with Chase Utley.

Why?

Because I was at my 25th high school reunion.

Afterwards, in the parking lot of my old high school, I tried to piece together what happened at Dodger Stadium through the haze of the social media outrage.

And yes, I wore a Red Sox hat in my senior picture.

Sign my year book for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jorge Soler, Travis Wood, Zack Greinke, Justin Turner, Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard and Kolten Wong all added to their totals for Who Owns October
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 3, 2015

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(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Dodgers and Mets are about to square off in the post season. Both are franchises coming off of recent front office disgraces and on the field disappointments.

And BOTH teams have fan bases who simply do NOT believe their team has a shot.

It’s a glass half empty Episode 1,076 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Chris Sale, Carlos Correa, Jake Arrieta, Daniel Castro, Brad Miller, Martin Perez and Eugenio Suarez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 27, 2015

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Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

It is time for the Sunday Request.

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This is a tricky one, but when that makes itself clear as the post season moves on.

It is a “Let the emotion guide you” Episode 1,070 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Jarrett Parker, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Correa, Adam Warren, Andre Ethier, Kevin Kiermaier and Jeremy Hellickson all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – September 1, 2015

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Chris Carlson, Associated Press

 

While I slept last night, the Giants lost a devastating 14 inning marathon to the Dodgers. Had they won, I would be proclaiming the NL West was theirs to lose.

Because they lost, a September 1 showdown between Bumgarner and Greinke could be the game of the year.

Wake up sleepy head, it is The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Adrian Gonzale, David Ortiz, Bartolo Colon, Dallas Keuchel, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Trumbo, Shelby Miller and David Price all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2015

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Comedian, TV Host and baseball fanatic Trish Suhr joins the podcast to talk about bleeding Dodger, not taking out Kershaw and having a “Glass of Act Right.”

It makes sense. Trust me.

It is a Dodger Blue/Blue Grass episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Moustakas, Daniel Murphy, Matt Shoemaker, Zack Greinke, Randy Wolf, Eduardo Escobar, Aaron Altherr and Anthony DeSlafani all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2015

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Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Don Mattingly violated the main rule: DO NOT TAKE OUT CLAYTON KERSHAW!

Dodger fans… look away. The next week or so could get ugly.

It is a “The walls are crashing down” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Aaron Nola, Lance McCullers, Stephen Piscotty, Mike Moustakas, Clayton Kershaw, Kevin Gausman, Scooter Gennett and Mike Trout all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 22, 2015

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SCOTT HALLERAN/GETTY IMAGES

Talking Mike Fiers no hitter and why it is so important for the Dodgers to NOT lose today

It is a “Bleeding Too Much Dodger Blue” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Mike Fiers, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew Cashner, Ben Revere, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Nolan Arenado all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 19, 2015

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Should Don Mattingly be worried about Ron Roenicke looming over his shoulder? He should.

It is a “Bleeding Dodger Blue” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Curtis Granderson, Josh Donaldson, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jacob deGrom, Jose Reyes, Jose Abreu, Raisel Iglesias and Jake Odorizzi all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 12, 2015

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The Dodgers have the longest pennant drought of any California team. The fact that they did not make the big move for 2015 makes no sense to me.

Plus I imagine how their history would be different had they kept Pedro and Piazza.

It is an I Love LA episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Lorenzo Cain, Yasiel Puig, Carlos Rodon, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Davis, Todd Frazier, Williams Perez and Bryan Mitchell all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 10, 2015

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Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

The idea of the Dodgers and the Nationals missing the post season was inconceivable this April, but possible.

It is a “To Hell with Predictions” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jackie Bradley Jr, Francisco Cervelli, Corey Kluber, Jake Arrieta, Ryan Zimmerman, Colby Rasmus and Masahiro Tanaka  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball



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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – June 26, 2015

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Rich Schultz/Getty Images

 

 

Ryne Sandberg resigned from the Phillies. He won’t be unemployed for long. Let’s start a rumor and say that Ryno will return to Chicago… but with the White Sox.

It is a Windy City Legend Episode 976 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 Brandon Phillips, Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, Matt Kemp, Mitch Moreland and Rubby De La Rosa  all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 22, 2015

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REUTERS/USA Today Sports/Rick Osentoski

 

Wait are the Twins good? Are the Astros and Rays contenders? Is the American League even more wide open than I thought?

It is a totally unpredictable league Episode 938 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jacob deGrom, Michael McKenry, R.A. Dickey, Mike Aviles, Jaime Garcia, Martin Prado, Clay Buchholz and David Freese all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

 

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 20, 2015

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Worldwide Pants

Saluting David Letterman and breaking down nostalgia. Basically Ken Griffey Jr and David Letterman will always be the best for me because of when they have their peaks.

Plus I rant about pinch running on Episode 936 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Randall Grichuk, Jimmy Nelson, Colby Rasmus, Trevor Bauer, Mark Teixeira, Chris Coghlan, Jason Hammel and Aaron Sanchez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

Read Dan Epstein’s article about Letterman and baseball by clicking HERE

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – March 24, 2015

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Hector Olivera signed with the Dodgers. What does that mean for Don Mattingly’s future with the team?

It is a “Better Win Now” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

 

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Dodgers Brass’ Is Brutalizing The 2015 Payroll ($267 MIL) With Dead Money + Injury Plagued Chuckers!

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume.  The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL, and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%).  The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that infraction.  One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll.  The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn't throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax - when the new CBA is put into place before the 2017 season.

Since Andrew Friedman has taken over, he has shown a blatant disregard for payroll, by cutting pitchers that had guaranteed deals, while doling out cash to often injured chuckers, or players that have limited success on their resume. The LA NL franchise is nearing $267 MIL for 2015 patyroll and are in the 3rd year of the Luxury Tax Penalty (40%). The franchise located at Chavez Ravine, are looking at a $30 MIL stipend to pay the MLB for that very infraction. Next year(9nd every year after till they drop under the Threshold once, they will rise to a 50% penalty/) One certainly has to question their last 5 or 6 moves in accordance with payroll. The Dodgers better hope that the forthcoming CBA doesn’t throw the hammer down on high salary teams over the Luxury Tax – when the new deal with the MLB and MLBPA is put into place before the 2017 season.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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What the hell is Andrew Friedman doing?  Lets just eat the contracts on Brian Wilson and maybe Brandon League, while paying the freight on Dan Haren’s 2015 salary ($10 MIL) to play for the Marlins, and also  forking out money to Brett Anderson, Brandon Beachy and also coming to a theater near you soon. If that weren’t enough, they have signed perennially injured/malcontent guys in Erik Bedard and Dustin McGowan on Minor League deals.

The club will also digest half (or more) of Andre Ethier‘s remaining deal (3 YRs, $56 MIL) if another franchise will take them off of their hands.  Yes that was not the current front office’s deal, however the throwing away of money is still directly tied to their decisions now.

Pretty soon the entire total for the dead money in the Dodgers team salary will rival the contract marks of the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s if this trend persists.

The Los Angeles payroll was supposed to be reigned in – and not jumping to an ALL – Time record.

Even with losing the albatross contract of Matt Kemp, the Dodgers are sitting at nearly $266 MIL in projected team payroll.  Let’s add a 40% penalty for being a 3rd time offender to the mix, and you can kiss another $30 MIL out the door at Chavez Ravine.  Maybe the club should hope for a Zack Greinke opt out.

For a Full Player Breakdown off all Salaries in 2015 – and going forward click here . 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 19, 2015

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The Dodgers have a shot to win the World Series this year. But will they fix their bullpen? Should they make a big move? Recent World Series winners suggest maybe they shouldn’t.

Meanwhile I sneaked onto the field of Sunken Diamond at Stanford for this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

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