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As far as notable moves go, the team has made three free-agent signings and traded for minor league pitcher Seth Rosin this offseason, a deal that was completed with the New York Mets on Dec. 12.
The Dodgers also inked Dan Haren (one year, $10 million) and Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero (four years, $28 million), while re-signing setup man Brian Wilson to a one-year, $10 million pact. In an offseason where MLB clubs have spent well over $1 billion, the deep-pocketed Dodgers have spent just $48 million.
But that's because the team is in relatively good shape with just a couple of holes to fill heading into spring training.
Haren and Wilson addressed two of the team's biggest needs in the rotation and bullpen, respectively. While $10 million for Haren is on par with what the starting pitching market has dictated this winter, the Dodgers may have overpaid for one season of Wilson.
Haren has struggled the past two years with a combined 22-27 record, 4.50 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.6 K.9 ratio, but for his career is 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. He fits in nicely as the team's fourth starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and still has the potential for productive seasons at the age of 33.
The eccentric right-hander Wilson recovered from Tommy John surgery and provided a major boost for the Dodgers down the stretch this past season, posting a 0.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, .178 opponents' batting average and an 8.6 K/9 ratio. But the fact of the matter is he's a just a setup man for Kenley Jansen, and eight figures is a lot to pay for an eighth-inning guy.
But this is Los Angeles, where money doesn't seem to be an issue. With about $200 million already committed to the 2014 payroll, the team has been wise to shy away from any massive free-agent contracts so far while improving the roster.