Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Reasons the Team Shouldn't Spend Big in Free Agency

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Reasons the Team Shouldn't Spend Big in Free Agency
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Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp are two reasons why the Dodgers need not overspend.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have already spent big in 2012, having made the most significant splash in the MLB trade world back in late August.

They acquired slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, former World Series hero Josh Beckett and maligned former outfield star Carl Crawford. Utility infielder Nick Punto also arrived with the headline trio, while the Red Sox received first baseman James Loney and a collection of top prospects

LA also picked up Hanley Ramirez—another marquee player—from the Marlins a few days before the trade deadline.

All told, the Dodgers new ownership group assumed more than $400 million in player contracts in 2012. That certainly takes the cake in the context of spending big.

For a team that spent so much, yet still missed the playoffs, does it make either baseball or financial sense to now dole out massive contracts to free agents following the World Series?

Can the Dodgers feasibly spend their way into October baseball in 2013 more than they already have?

Let’s diagnose the five reasons why the Dodgers should not break the bank in the upcoming MLB free agency.

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