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Dodgers could flex muscles with Moncada

Yoan Moncada is a potential star out of Cuba. The Dodgers could lead the bidding. Twitter@yoanmoncada

Over the past few years, the financial power of the Dodgers' current ownership group has mostly manifested itself in the good old-fashioned way, with big contracts for individual players such as Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw, or in player procurement, including the record-setting salary absorption of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.

But since the new front-office leadership was put in place, the Dodgers have flexed their financial might in much more subtle ways, pruning and fixing and bolstering. They merely flirted with Jon Lester, there's no indication they went after Max Scherzer, and they passed on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez and James Shields (or so it appears).

It's as if new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman took over a sprawling mansion and has done most of his work on infrastructure, with caulk, putty and paint, rather than building another wing, as some expected he would.

This is part of the reason some team executives tracking Cuban star Yoan Moncada believe the Dodgers