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What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

What would you do with $100 million?

The Dodgers could use it as a down payment toward signing two of the three most dominant players in the star-studded free-agent class next winter.

The Dodgers’ payroll-driven trade Saturday — in which they exchanged players with troublesome contracts for a player they might never activate — was designed primarily to free them from paying the luxury tax next year.

The team was assessed a $36.2-million tax this year, based on a season-ending payroll of $253.6 million, according to a person speaking on condition of...

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