Dodgers signal a change in philosophy

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Dodgers signal a change in philosophy

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson, center, and pitcher Zack Greinke watch during the ninth inning of a game in San Francisco this year. The Dodgers are refining their process for player acquisition in an effort to keep pace with NLCS champion St. Louis.

By JP Hoornstra, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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If the Dodgers’ spending spree of a year ago was all just a ruse designed to sell tickets, it worked. More fans came to Dodger Stadium to watch Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett and Hyun-Jin Ryu — $617 million worth of guaranteed contracts, all employed elsewhere in 2011 — than any other team in baseball.

Of course, the off-season winner isn’t always the winner the following October. It’s a now-tired axiom, proven again when the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Their 2013 opening-day payrolls ranked fourth (Boston) and 11th (St. Louis) in the majors, according to the Associated Press.

Signing Clayton Kershaw to a long-term extension is the Dodgers’ top priority this winter. Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is high on their wish list, and he is expected to command the most money ever for an Asian player when he signs a major-league contract.