The Los Angeles Dodgers have a $217 million payroll and currently sit at 17-25 and occupy last place in the National League West. They are seven games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks and according to several reports, it will be a miracle if manager Don Mattingly lasts the week.
The Dodgers were swept over the weekend in Atlanta, and were outscored 16-8 by the Braves in the process. The team’s bullpen allowed 12 of those 16 runs. On Sunday night Los Angeles suffered a 5-2 loss in which Atlanta scored four times in the eighth inning off of relievers Kenley Jansen and Brandon League.
In short, the Dodgers are an absolute mess, and with a ton of bad contracts on the docket, the front office can’t just dump players. The only move the team can make is to fire Mattingly.
Mattingly has a laid-back personality and the Dodgers are a laid-back, veteran team. That can be an awful combination.
The team has a ton of high-priced egos, with guys like Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier and Josh Beckett. Those seven guys alone are making $118.25 million this season. When guys are making that much money, oftentimes they get complacent.
The fact that the Dodgers currently have the sixth-worst record in baseball is absolutely unacceptable. Sometimes when you have to send a message to a roster, the only way to do it is by dumping a manager.
Mattingly’s contract is up after this season, which would make firing him a whole lot easier.
With new ownership who didn’t hire them now in place, don’t be surprised if Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti both get the boot. Colletti probably will get the rest of the season to prove his worth, but Mattingly is almost surely on his last legs.