The Los Angeles Dodgers owned the non-waiver trade deadline, filling major needs by acquiring Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Brandon League and Shane Victorino. In doing so, they gave their chances of qualifying for the postseason a major boost.
It's pretty clear by now that merely qualifying for the postseason isn't what these Dodgers have in mind; they want to go to the World Series, and for that, more moves were absolutely necessary.
A few days after the non-waiver trade deadline passed, Joe Blanton came aboard. This past weekend, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti pulled off the biggest transaction in the history of the franchise, acquiring Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and about $250 million in salary from the Boston Red Sox.
A month ago, the Dodgers were treading water in the NL West race with a roster that featured relatively few stars. Now, they have a roster stuffed to the gills with star players, and many view them as the odds-on favorite to win the division.
And whether they get there this season or in the near future, the Dodgers better get to the World Series. That's what it's going to take for their sudden big-spending ways to be justified.
The danger is that their sudden high-spending ways could do a lot more harm than good. The path the Dodgers are on could lead to glory, but it could also lead to disaster.
Here's a look at a few reasons why the franchise's new direction could backfire.
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