The Blue Jays and Mets were two franchises that were hungry for the Postseason and the teams made big trades to secure those aspirations. Both teams came close but both teams ended up a bit short in the end and now David Price is unlikely to sign back with the Jays and the Mets haven't made a big push to get Cespedes back with his high asking price. The Royals were able to have their risks pay off and they ended up winning it all which shows that the risks can sometimes pay off. However, now the Royals will probably not be signing back any of their acquisitions and are now left with certain holes needing to be addressed which makes their future contention a mystery. So why am I talking about all of this? Mainly to show why the Dodgers played it smart this deadline by not getting the bigger names and unloading their farm system to get them.
Earlier today, Fangraphs released a top 100 prospect list based on a their KATOH system ranking prospects by how much WAR they figure to provide their ball clubs by their age 28 season. The Dodgers' prospects landed 9 spots on the list with 3 of the names (Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and Alex Verdugo) cracking the top 10. Baseball America's Ben Badler also released a write up on his ranking of the Dodgers top 10 prospects and praises the depth saying, "They built that pipeline without the luxury of picking high in the draft and instead have done it through astute scouting and coaching." With such a large payroll and the stigma floating around about rich teams just "buying" talent, it's impressive to see the newly top payroll Dodgers have such a robust farm system. In recent years it was very top heavy with a big drop off from the top few names but with a bigger focus on replenishing the farm, the Dodgers now have a very solid list of names.
|Alex Verdugo made waves in 2015 putting him on many scouts' radars|