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#pounditSunday, February 5, 2023

Dodgers set to surpass highest luxury tax threshold after Justin Turner signing

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been able to avoid the luxury tax the last three seasons, but that appears to be changing in 2021.

The Dodgers on Saturday re-signed Justin Turner to a two-year deal worth $34 million, and a team option for the third year. The team’s current payroll is listed at $254.7 million, according to COT’s Baseball Contracts.

That projection is over the $210 million base luxury tax threshold, as well as the two luxury tax surcharge thresholds, which occur at $230 and $250 million.

If the Dodgers’ payroll remains over $250 million, not only would they face the highest tax, but they would be penalized on their first-round draft pick.

Don’t assume anything about the Dodgers staying above the $250 million mark. They have a creative front office that might attempt to get under the $250 million mark. David Price’s contract ($31 million in 2021) is something they might look to move.


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