Dodgers Paper Over Problems With Dollars

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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. ...

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