“Magic” in Los Angeles

Drake Rowland, Sports Editor

It is very funny to think that just a year ago the Los Angeles Dodgers were in dire need of money and new ownership. Well, that problem was solved when a pair of wealthy men including the very famous Ervin “Magic” Johnson bought the Dodgers for $2 billion. Now the duo is on the fast track to having one of the best teams in the league.  

            Magic and the ownership weren’t quick or shy on making big moves. During the season they answered a big question when they re-signed right fielder Andre Ethier to a five year, $85 million contract that also includes a $17.5 million option for the 2017 season. Many thought this was a big signing because Ethier would’ve been one of the biggest free agents available and most thought the New York Yankees would’ve been interested in signing Ethier in the offseason. Ethier is hitting .290 with 14 homeruns and 75 RBIs. A surprise move came when the Dodgers traded for all-star shortstop/third basemen Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins for prospects. The moves continued as the trade deadline approached. Centerfielder Shane Victorino was acquired from the Phillies before the deadline for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin, and also a player to be named later and cash. The Dodgers also received pitcher Joe Blanton from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later in a waiver deal. The Dodgers weren’t done yet; arguably the biggest trade went down on Friday, August 24th. The Red Sox sent star first basemen Adrian Gonzalez, all-star outfielder Carl Crawford, and 2003 World Series MVP pitcher Josh Beckett to the Dodgers. In return, the Red Sox received first basemen James Loney, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, and Allen Webster. This move seemed to be a head scratcher to the Red Sox fans. Senior Ben Hurley said, “This is basically the Red Sox throwing up the white flag. I can’t believe they traded away their best player. Unreal.” The trade hasn’t really panned out yet because the Dodgers are 1-3 since the Red Sox trade. Rumors have circulated that the Dodgers aren’t done and are trying to talk to the Yankees for their two stars pitcher C.C. Sabathia and first basemen Mark Teixeira.

            Many people have made the comparison between Magic Johnson and George Steinbrenner in that they will spend and do whatever it takes to win. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988, and are looking to make it far in the playoffs this year. With moves like these the Dodgers are not only set up for the now but also for the future considering that Gonzalez and Crawford are under contract until at least 2017.