The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning to keep the team under the 2019 luxury tax threshold of $206 million.
The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals were the only teams in 2018 to cross the threshold.
“By having a year where they don’t cross the threshold, both teams reset their penalties for doing so in the future,” NBC Sports writer Bill Baer reported. Otherwise, consecutive seasons crossing the threshold result in increasingly harsher penalties.”
It’s interesting that a team that’s reached the World Series in consecutive seasons isn’t giving an extra effort to reach the ultimate title.
According to Forbes, the Dodgers are valued at about $3 billion.
The Dodgers had the third-highest payroll in the MLB last season at $199,582,045.