Only three of the eight players the Dodgers acquired before the trade deadline were in the building Friday, and none appeared in the game against the Angels, but the roster moves kept coming.
Prior to the game, the Associated Press reported that the Dodgers’ luxury-tax payroll climed to $297 milllion, which would lead to a $43 million luxury tax at the end of the year. The Dodgers are also responsible for $16 million remaining on Hector Olivera‘s $28 million signing bonus.
Manager Don Mattingly stopped short of saying Kershaw had any setback, or even that he couldn’t start tonight.
“He threw yesterday before his event,” Mattingly said, referring to Kershaw’s annual charity ping pong tournament. “We knew he was feeling good but we wanted to make sure and give him an extra day.”
Kershaw declined an interview, saying only that he feels good.
Kershaw has had hip issues in the past. This one “is nothing different from what we’ve dealt with in the past,” Mattingly said, “so we feel good.”
The Dodgers were apparently a footnote to one of the biggest salary dumps in MLB history.
According to CBSsports.com, the Dodgers were involved in discussions with the Angels and Rangers regarding Josh Hamilton “to pay some money while gathering prospects,” before Hamilton was ultimately traded to the Rangers on Monday.
That same day, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ve had a variety of talks through the last month or so revolving around a number of different possible outcomes. Some of them were more serious than others, but this is the one that always made the most sense for everybody.”
In the end, by not involving the Dodgers in the Hamilton trade, the Angels merely spared us all “old friend alerts” from Eric Stephen on Twitter every time Hamilton did something noteworthy.