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As baseball powers focus on competitive balance tax, Orioles payroll puts them on opposite end of spectrum

As baseball powers focus on competitive balance tax, Orioles payroll puts them on opposite end of spectrum

Since the end of the World Series late last month, baseball's biggest teams have been outlining their plans for the offseason in relation to the league's competitive balance tax.

The Chicago Cubs, in trading injured left-hander Drew Smyly to clear salary and allow themselves to pick up the option on left-hander Cole Hamels, were using language of a league with a hard cap, as if they couldn't do one without the other.

This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who got under the luxury tax threshold of $197 million in 2018 along with the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants,

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