The Los Angeles franchise, which already had a $3 billion multiyear TV deal waiting in the wings, was salvaged from the reign of Frank McCourt this past spring thanks to a $2.15 billion bid from an ownership group including Magic Johnson. That group has immediately shown the Dodgers community that it’s interested in instant winning, making a series of movies that culminated with last month’s megadeal swap of prospects for Red Sox stars Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford.
Perhaps the biggest part of the trade with the Red Sox was not the caliber of names being acquired — the Dodgers already have a stock of All-Stars in Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez and the like. But by assuming the rest of the seven-year, $154 million deal for Gonzalez, the four-year, $68 million contract for Beckett and the seven-year, $142 million pact with Crawford, the Dodgers are also saying something about their deep pockets.
With the big spending and the championship-or-bust attitude, they’re becoming the Yankees of the West Coast.