Bankruptcy sure seems like a long time ago now.
But it was just a year ago that the Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to spring training facing an uncertain future, embarrassed by the sordid details – personal and financial – revealed in both bankruptcy and divorce court as the McCourts played out their "War of the Roses." One of the most storied franchises in baseball was caught in the middle and forced to operate as an under-funded, small-market team in one of the biggest markets in sports.

All of that has been buried under an avalanche of money. A multi-billion-dollar makeover engineered by the Guggenheim Baseball Management group sends the Dodgers back to Glendale, Ariz. for the start of spring training Wednesday with the highest payroll in baseball history fueled by a massive TV deal that will make them the stars of their own regional sports network.
"Last year, there was so much uncertainty. We really didn't know where we were going as an organization," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said of the transformation. "Then to have a new ownership group come in ... the promises they've made, they're following through on. It's amazing. They've got a plan and they're going to see it through to the end."
Investments have also been made in the scouting department as well as 51-year-old Dodger Stadium. But it is the roster seeded with former All-Stars that has changed the most in the past year. Twelve former All-Stars (eight multi-time All-Stars) will report to Camelback Ranch in the next week. Six of those 12 – Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Brandon League and Zack Greinke – were not members of the Dodgers a year ago.
"Definitely, the dynamics are different, this year than last," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, we know expectations are huge. But if you don't have those, that means you probably don't have that great a club. So the more expectations means you have better talent – you have a better chance to win.
"I'd much rather be in this situation than in a situation where everything has to go perfect and everything has to fall in place and nobody expects much from you. I don't want that."