During this past off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were initially looking for a bigger-named pitcher to fill out their starting rotation. The organization was pursuing Masahiro Tanaka earlier on and there were also reports they had interest in Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. When the Dodgers didn’t land Tanaka, it was natural to believe they’d try and make a deal for Price, but that didn’t come to fruition.

Since Price was still under contract, a trade was needed in order to acquire the Rays ace. One of the rumored packages that could have sent Price to the Dodgers included outfielder Joc Pederson, infielder Corey Seager, and 17-year-old pitcher Julio Urias. ┬áThe Dodgers didn’t bite at the offer and went so far as to not engage teams in any talks surrounding Pederson.

A huge reason why the Dodgers refused to give up these three prospects was due to the fact that the organization is trying to place a greater emphasis on building the farm system. Don Mattingly added that he wants to focus on developing their own players and Pederson can be seen as the poster-child for these efforts.

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What to expect from Derek Jeter’s last hurrah – Yahoo! Sports

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About The Author

Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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