Divorce could hurt Dodgers' pocketbook

Legal wrangling may already be handcuffing the team

Updated: December 21, 2009, 2:55 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPN Los Angeles

Dodgers officials, who haven't been busy doing much of anything else this winter, have contended the ongoing divorce of owner Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, won't affect the team's player payroll in 2010. The truth is, it's too early to tell.

The answer should become clear sometime around April 5 -- the day the Dodgers officially begin the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

In 2009, the Dodgers left spring training with an opening day payroll of $90 million, ...

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