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Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY

Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?

Does Major League Baseball need a salary cap?

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  • Do you still consider the Yankees the Evil Empire, despite their not having MLB's highest payroll for 2014?

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  • If your favorite team had a massive payroll relative to the league, would that make you enjoy winning less?

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  • How do you feel about MLB player salaries?

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  • Which is your favorite of the four major pro sports leagues?

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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree

It wasn't unexpected, but still must give Los Angeles Dodgers fans quite a bit of relief: According to ESPN.com sources, the team and Clayton Kershaw agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal. On one hand, it's a major risk, as pitchers are known to be vulnerable to unanticipated injuries. On the other, Kershaw turns 26 in March, and has won two of the last three NL Cy Young Awards (the lefty posted a 1.83 ERA in 2013). Also, the Dodgers aren't exactly in rebuilding mode; they won 92 games last season and reached the NLCS.

  • What do you make of the Dodgers signing Clayton Kershaw to a seven-year, $215 million deal?

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  • In general, how do you feel about giving long-term, high-dollar contracts to elite starting pitchers?

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  • How far will the Dodgers go in 2014?

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  • How many World Series will the Dodgers win over the duration of Clayton Kershaw's seven-year deal?

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  • How many more Cy Youngs will Clayton Kershaw win?

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  • How many games will Clayton Kershaw (77 wins, turns 26 in March) win in his career?

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Dodgers to give Mattingly extension

All through the 2013 season, Don Mattingly didn't know if he would be with the Los Angeles Dodgers beyond 2014. Now he does. The team and manager reportedly agreed to an extension Tuesday that would keep him in Southern California for the next three seasons, meaning he will be there to see if the Dodgers' resurgence -- 92 wins in 2013 with a trip to the National League Championship Series -- will last. Was this a good move? How much success will he see?

What do you make of the Dodgers reportedly giving manager Don Mattingly a contract extension through 2016?

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  • Will the Dodgers reach a World Series under Don Mattingly?

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  • The Dodgers went 92-70 in 2013. How many games will they win in 2014?

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  • How far will the Dodgers go in 2014?

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  • How important is it for the Dodgers to give Clayton Kershaw (free agent after 2014) a contract extension before the start of the season?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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