Do not envy me. The task of trying to wrap my head around all the figures and options and numbers and owed money and collected money from Boston, and everything else in between when researching the Dodgers payroll was tiring, to say the least.
That being said, I had fun. It was like rolling around in a bathtub full of money in my mind. And I came out with a long breakdown of who has the best current contract on the Dodgers and why.
Keep in mind:
1. The rankings are based on the size of the contract at market price. That means that Matt Kemp will be high on the power rankings, because a player of his caliber deserves $20 million per year in today's game.
2. I took into account how justifiable a player has made the contract he was given, based on performance. For example, has Ted Lilly really earned his three-year deal (If you're looking for the right answer, it rhymes with Hong-Chih Kuo)?
3. Power rankings can change, so these are just based on what we've seen so far. It is not projecting the future, which makes grading guys like Zack Greinke a little more difficult.
So sit back, relax, and keep wishing you made as much money as these guys to play a game every day.
*All contract details taken from Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise indicated*