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Moneyball with big money: Dodgers buy extra draft pick

Moneyball with big money: Dodgers buy extra draft pick

The Dodgers' owners poured millions into their front office last winter, buying some of the brightest minds in the game. And as executives around the major leagues watch anxiously, they ask this question: What will bright guys who made their reputations by building teams with no money do when they get their hands on all this cash? Here is what they did not do last winter: Buy up all the free agents. The Dodgers spent $48 million on pitcher Brandon McCarthy, but their total spending ranked in the middle of the pack. Here is what they just did: The Dodgers spent $2.75 million to buy an extra draft pick. The Dodgers last week acquired reliever Ryan Webb from the Baltimore Orioles,...

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