Indians Sign Mark Reynolds

According to Brittany Ghiroli, the Cleveland Indians have signed Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract.

Not that the Mets were ever interested, though the Yankees might have been.

In other news, the Dodgers signed another pitcher — Korean lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu (or is it Ryu Hyun-jin? I’m not sure). The 25-year-old (he’ll be 26 by Opening Day) is inked for 6 years, $36M. According to reports, he throws a fastball in the low 90s and uses his change-up as his out pitch. I guess that makes him the lefthanded Mario Soto.

Gee, I wonder if this signing means the Mets have a shot at reacquiring Chris Capuano?

The $36M is on top of the $27.5M posting fee that the Dodgers paid for the rights to negotiate with Ryu.

By the way, the Dodgers’ payroll for 2013 will be at least $225M — a new MLB record. LA ownership obviously has deeper pockets than we’ve ever seen before, and laughs in the face of Bud Selig’s “competitive balance” tax. In case you weren’t aware, any MLB team whose payroll is in excess of $178M by the end of the 2013 season is subject to a 17% tax. Assuming the Dodgers are around $225M, they’ll have to put about $38M into the kitty. It seems they don’t care; perhaps they see it as the cost of doing business. I wonder, is the ghost of George Steinbrenner among their board of directors?

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  1. friend December 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    “Assuming the Dodgers are around $225M, they’ll have to put about $38M into the kitty.”

    Apparently it’s easy to misinterpret the way this tax is applied. Only the amount in excess of the threshold ($178M), is subject to the tax. Therefore, ($225M – $178M) x 17% = $7.99M. With the threshold increasing to $189M for 2014, the Dodgers are positioned to duck back away from the tax at that time, if it suits their plans.