Brand & Martínez for September 17, 2012

Dodgers' new play is to spend big, is it working?

Miami Marlins v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers loosens up on deck in the game against the Miami Marlins on August 26, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Marlins won 6-2.

It was less than a year ago that the ownership of the L.A. Dodgers changed hands. A group including Magic Johnson bought the team in March for over $2 billion.

Since then, the Dodgers have been big spenders. A trade with the Red Sox in August put the team on the hook for more than $260 million in future salaries.

This big money approach to baseball is very different from the way the teams previous owner, Frank McCourt ran the team.

But is it paying off and will the Dodgers' seemingly bottomless money well soon dry up?


Ramona Shelburne, a columnist for

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