The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering a new era under the ownership of Mark Walter and the Guggenheim Partners and it may reshape the look of the NL West for years to come. Ownership's aim, it seems, is to turn the Dodgers into the New York Yankees of the National League and money is apparently no object.And speaking of the Yankees, it has now come to light that the Dodgers inquired about both CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira before completing their blockbuster deal with the Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. Reportedly, the Yankees told the Dodgers that they were not interested in moving either Sabathia or Teixiera, who both have no-trade clauses built into their contracts.Collectively, Sabathia and Teixiera are owed 184 million in salary over the next four years and, presumably, the Dodgers were expecting to eat most of it. So the Dodgers, unable to acquire Sabathia or Teixiera, went with their second choice in Gonzalez, which also required them to take on some damaged goods in the form of Crawford, who just had reconstructive elbow surgery.Gonzales is a hitter at least the caliber of Teixiera and definitely more efficient, batting .298 with 16 HR and 90 RBI this season compared to Teixeira's .255 with 23 HR and 80 RBI. But Beckett is definitely no Sabathia. Beckett has posted a 5-12 record with a 5.21 ERA next to Sabathia's impressive 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA.So the Dodgers got their first base slugger they wanted, but not their reliable starter. But with their unfathomably deep pockets and the waiver-trade option still a possibility, the Dodgers may still be looking to spend before September officially rolls around.
Report: Dodgers inquired about Sabathia, Teixeira
August 29, 2012, 12:16 am