Are the Los Angeles Dodgers really the legitimate World Series title contenders their skyrocketing payroll demands they be?
They've spent about $650 million in the last seven months, and some time in the near future, will make Clayton Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in history.
Last week, they dropped just over $200 million on Zack Greinke and Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin.
The record-setting payroll number is heading well north of $200 million for the 2013 season, probably landing in the $220-225 million range.
Considering they finished 86-76 and missed the playoffs by only two games in 2012, the Dodgers likely have bought their way back into the post-season. After all, unlimited resources may not win titles, but almost always put you in position to get there.
But how far above 90 regular-season wins — and how deep into the post-season — the Dodgers might go in 2013 will in part be a function of what currently are a series of question marks.