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Dodgers without Clayton Kershaw?
The word on two-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw isn't good. Although the Los Angeles Dodgers don't know when their ace will return, they say back inflammation will sideline the lefty for at least two to three weeks. Naturally this isn't great for the club; Kershaw posted an absurd 1.83 ERA a year ago. But the Dodgers aren't a one-man team, and were heavy favorites to win the NL West before the season started.
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Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY
Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree
It wasn't unexpected, but still must give Los Angeles Dodgers fans quite a bit of relief: According to ESPN.com sources, the team and Clayton Kershaw agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal. On one hand, it's a major risk, as pitchers are known to be vulnerable to unanticipated injuries. On the other, Kershaw turns 26 in March, and has won two of the last three NL Cy Young Awards (the lefty posted a 1.83 ERA in 2013). Also, the Dodgers aren't exactly in rebuilding mode; they won 92 games last season and reached the NLCS.
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Dodgers to give Mattingly extension
All through the 2013 season, Don Mattingly didn't know if he would be with the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond 2014. Now he does. The team and manager reportedly agreed to an extension Tuesday that would keep him in Southern California for the next three seasons, meaning he will be there to see if the Dodgers' resurgence -- 92 wins in 2013 with a trip to the National League Championship Series -- will last. Was this a good move? How much success will he see?