2013 MLB Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Face Big Money Expectations
The Los Angeles Dodgers have assembled one of the most expensive lineups in baseball history and anything short of a World Series appearance would deem the season a failure. The expectations for this team are running rampant in the Los Angeles pressure cooker.
The Dodgers have signed, traded and lured players from all over the world since new ownership took the team over in an attempt to bring a winner to California.
The pitching staff will be led by the 25 year old ace Clayton Kershaw who is poised to earn to earn $11 million in 2013. Kershaw finished second in Cy Young voting last season, a year removed from winning the honor.
The Dodgers added another potential ace to support Kershaw in the name of Zack Greinke who signed a lucrative long term deal in the offseason. Greinke will earn $19 million this season to don the Dodgers blue.
The Dodgers outfield will be paid enough money to feed a small country to the tune of $53.5 million. Superstars Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford will each earn $20 million respectively while Andre Ethier will be collecting the food stamps out of the bunch only earning a paltry $13.5 million this season.
The money makers in the infield with huge expectations are Adrian Gonzalez who will earn $21 million this season, $3.5 million of that will be coughed up by his former team the Boston Red Sox. Infielder Hanley Ramirez is poised to earn $15.5 million to hold down the left side of the infield.
With a payroll north of $200 million, the Dodgers will be scrutinized and under the proverbial microscope all season to live up to their lavish expectations.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.