The Dodgers signed Jon Garland today. He’ll make a guaranteed $5 million, with a vesting option for $8 million if he passes 190 innings, which is almost guaranteed.
Los Angeles has been busy this offseason, already re-signing Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda. These three, who figure to be behind Kershaw and Billingsley in the rotation, will make a combined $24 million. Last year, the two youngsters made roughly $4 million between the two and while Kershaw is still a year away from arbitration (though he is an extension candidate), Billingsley will be looking at a raise that could push the rotation up to or over $30 million. Or, to put it another way, about three-quarters of what the Padres entire payroll will be next season.
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!
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