We already knew the Dodgers weren’t in on Manny Machado in free agency because it’s not a great in the long run. But maybe they’d be in on the other top free agent Blue Deion Sanders Jersey , Bryce Harper, to boost their offense and secure one of the biggest stars in baseball for the next decade. With the latest news out of Los Angeles though, that seems unlikely as well. According to The LA Times’ Bill Shaikin the Dodgers are planning on staying under the luxury tax threshold for the next four seasons. THE NEXT FOUR SEASONS. This isn’t about resetting their tax penalty, since they already did that this season and would be paying the lowest penalty next year if they went over, and mimics the Yankees also saying they’re attempting to remain under the threshold after re-setting this year. The luxury tax limits for the next four years are as follows. 2019 — $2062020 — $208 million2021 — $210 million2022 — TBD The Dodgers have won the NL West six times in a row and made the World Series the last two year, losing both times, and did so in 2018 with a total payroll of $195 million. Teams can compete without going over the threshold, it’s not impossible, but it’s another sign that teams across the league are not opting to spend money to make themselves contenders despite the Red Sox winning a championship this season with the highest payroll in baseball. This means two possible things for the Dodgers. One, that ownership is okay not contending at the same level as previous years or at least is taking the risk that lowering their payroll will also lower their chances of winning a Series. With the rest of the league backing off the “paying players” strategy as well it’s not like a $200 million payroll won’t be able to stack up against the competition. But announcing that plan publicly is sending a message that they’re taking the keys out of the ignition of the money truck for just a bit, and other teams might be able to take advantage of that. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman addressed any level of competition concerns in a recent presser, saying, The other possibility is that this is a public announcement made to appease investors, and that the front office has an inkling that they can secure some cash flow by promising cut backs in certain areas Best Takkarist McKinley Jersey , then when things are more stable in a season or two go back on that and make a big splash on the free agency market. The team has lost significant amounts of money on paper during this first stretch of the Guggenheim ownership group’s reign, and this is in line with their initial plan when they bought the team. To spend money early, and then pare things back to a more reasonable level as they became competitive and had a more stabilized minor league system. While not a bad idea for a bunch of businessmen, it also isn’t one that exhibits the most confidence in the team striking when the iron is hot AKA when they still have an effective Clayton Kershaw and a young lineup that can be incredibly dangerous offensively. But I’m not a billionaire sports owner, so. Either way, this is part of the larger trend of teams realizing they don’t have to break the bank year-in and year-out to reach the upper echelon of the league and possibly win a championship. Maybe it will work out for the teams that have decided they can be contenders without acquiring the most expensive players out there, or maybe teams who continue to do the opposite (like the Red Sox) are just licking their lips right now knowing their top competitors are backing off a little bit from making an effort.A brief history on the curse of Atlanta sports With the unfortunate news that the Falcons are now losing Deion Jones for an extended period of time — after having just lost Keanu Neal for the season — it’s understandable that Atlanta Falcons fans would be wondering why this is all happening?It’s simple: It’s the curse of Atlanta sports.But how did we get here? Why is this curse haunting us in the year that the Falcons had their best roster ever?Pull up a chair and let me share with you a tale. A tale of how the curse of Atlanta sports was visited on this city of ours.The year was 1840. In a city called Terminus, which you now know as Atlanta. Daniel Day Choat was visiting Terminus from the frozen icelands of Canada. The intense heat of the Atlanta winter had disoriented Mr. Choat, who stumbled his way onto a private property just on the outskirts of town. It was there, on that fateful land, that he met a witch named Morph.Morph: Trespasser! Your very presence on my sacred land has disturbed my life, life, life. For this, you must pay dearly!Choat: I’m quite sorry. This intense 50 degree heat has me quite disoriented. I was looking for your local mountie. Morph: A what?Choat: You know Adult Takkarist McKinley Jersey , a handsome fellow on horseback who can help with any of life’s troubles?Morph: I don’t know what that is.Choat: That’s too bad, eh?Morph: I don’t have time for this. A great curse will be visited on your head!Choat: Does it have to be my head? Do I have some options here?Morph: What? No one has asked me for options before.Choat: Well, as they say in my home of Canada, it never hurts to ask.Morph: I don’t normally offer options.Choat: It’d be a nice gesture to a visitor, dontcha think?Morph: Ok. I’ll give you two options! Choat: That’s not very many.Morph: Dammit. Stop interrupting me! You only get two for now!Choat: Ok, then. Morph: Your first option is this: throughout the rest of time, all the men in your family will go prematurely bald. Choat: Wow, that’s pretty harsh, eh?Morph: Shut up! Your second option is this: Throughout the rest of time, all sports teams in your adopted land will be cursed. They will raise your hopes and make you believe, only to crush their fans in the most dramatic and painful ways possible.Choat: What’s a sport?Morph: It’s a thing that’ll be big in the future. Leather balls, stuff like that. Lots of cheering.Choat: Ah, yeah, I’ll definitely go with that option. The balding sounds horrible.Morph: Are you sure about that? I promise Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , this sports thing is really going to take off. Choat: I can’t imagine my progeny without a full head of hair. Yes, I’m positive.Morph: So be it! From henceforth, your adopted land shall have a sports curse placed on it, only to be lifted when the great chrome falcon god is appeased.Choat: Haha, ok, whatever that means. I have to go now, my family and I really like it down here. We’re thinking of adopting this city as our own.Morph: Be gone, you! Be gone from my life, life, life.That infamous exchange lives on in the very history of Atlanta and all of its sports teams. One stupid Canadian is disoriented by temperatures above freezing and we all have to suffer for it. The next time you feel hopeful about an Atlanta team, just remember this curse and all that comes with it. It’s why we suffer, especially when things seem the most promising.
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