In any conversation about the Dodgers, the farm system tends to come up sooner than has in recent memory. We’ve seen the impace guys like Joc Pederson or Corey Seager can have when they make the major league roster at the right time, so fans are right to be excited about what might be on its way over the next couple years.
Farhan Zaidi is excited, too, just let him tell you about it.
This, from Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:
The Dodgers believe that as many as four prospects — Julio Urias, Jose DeLeon, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas — could be ready to start in the major leagues by the end of next season.
Zaidi said the Dodgers were comfortable letting Kazmir walk away after one season because of that organizational depth, the possibility of getting an extra draft pick for Kazmir next off-season and the motivation that another shot at free agency might provide Kazmir next season.
“In Scott’s case, he and his representation are aware that next year’s free-agent starting pitching market will probably be a pretty good seller’s market,” Zaidi said. “From our standpoint, we have a lot of good young pitching that we feel is going to be ready to contribute at some point in 2016 and certainly by 2017.”
Kazmir signed what could be a three-year deal with an out after this season. It would make sense for Kazmir to opt out if he pitches well given the free agent class next year and the length of the contract he’d be opting in for (only two more years).
The Dodgers have essentially wagered on the timeline of their young arms to feel comfortable enough to hand out such a player-friendly deal as they did with Kazmir.