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The Dodgers “No Improvement Plan”

Published by on December 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

On Tuesday the Dodgers dealt Juan Pierre to the White Sox for two pitching prospects to be named later.  While the transaction will cost the Dodgers their fourth outfielder (who had a successful 2009 season), they will save about $8 million.  The deal, yet again, exemplifies this off-season's plan for the Dodgers: the No Improvement Plan.

There are three rules to the No Improvement Plan that the Dodgers have followed thus far.  The first: just say "no" to expensive arbitration.  The Dodgers declined to offer arbitration to Randy Wolf—arguably the Dodgers most successful starting pitcher last year—as well as starting second baseman Orlando Hudson, Ronnie Belliard, and four others. 

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