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"The way the incentives work now, though, it’s not certain. The Dodgers learned last year what they keep learning, which is that lots of regular-season wins just don’t buy you very much. Only nerds like me care whether you win 97 or 117. The Dodgers also know that the repeater penalties for going over the tax threshold are severe and to be avoided if possible. One year under the threshold would be a big deal for a team that paid $60 million in taxes the last two years, while also working under the various other penalty structures -- draft-pick penalties, differentiation in free-agent compensation, differentiation in international bonus pools."