MLB 2024: Splashy Ohtani, Yamamoto signings boost Dodgers as teams try to dethrone Rangers

Los Angeles Dodgers' designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, and pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, left, walk together prior to the exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kiwoom Heroes on Sunday at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres will meet in a two-game series on March 20th-21 in Seoul for the MLB World Tour Seoul Series. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-Joon)

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a baseball spring training media day Thursday in Tampa, Fla. “Clearly having a very high payroll is correlated with winning more games in the regular season,” Manfred said Tuesday. “The saving grace for us has been that our playoffs are unpredictable enough that the 110-win team doesn’t automatically march through the playoffs. That's why I reacted probably too negatively to the criticism that the playoffs were unpredictable and the best teams weren't coming through. The fact of the matter is that’s a good thing for us over the long haul.”(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

As the Los Angeles Dodgers made splashy signings with Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto this offseason, other teams focused on modern baseball’s stark reality: pricey payrolls often don’t translate into titles.