According to MLB Trade Rumors, "franchises must comply with MLB's debt service rule within five years of new ownership." The Dodgers are in their fourth year under Guggenheim Baseball Management's ownership, and they've thus far spent $1.81 billion in payroll. They are not currently compliant with MLB rules, and it could remove them from the market for some of the free agent relievers they've been tied to, namely Mark Melancon. Now, it looks like any improvements the Dodgers make will have to come by way of trade
If the Dodgers are removed from the free agent market, it could make it easier for the Rockies to enter the fray for Melancon. Not only would they have one fewer team to compete with, but they wouldn't have to compete with the team thought to have had more money than they know what to do with and a willingness to spend it.
Now, how to ignite that stubborn hot stove.
David Laurila offers up more words from around the league about the Rockies' new coaching staff. This time, he spoke with Rob Leary, who was Mike Redmond's bench coach while Redmond managed in Miami. This time, Redmond is set to serve as Bud Black's bench coach. Leary states that Redmond is a great communicator and was able to manage difficult interactions with Marlins players. This will be an essential skill in Colorado, especially when it comes to serving as a mediator between the manager and front office and the players. He will be a central figure for the implementation of strategy because bench coaches play a role in getting players to buy in to those strategies.
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