Jose De Leon was the Dodgers No. 2 prospect, according to multiple prospect ranking outlets. He was all it took to acquire Logan Forsythe. But the Dodgers may not have been as high on him as once believed. They weren’t alone.

Other teams weren’t overly excited at the proposition of acquiring De Leon, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

De Leon turns 25 in August. While a highly regarded prospect, other teams were bound to be “leery” of his upside, especially given the Dodgers’ reluctance to promote him last season despite a myriad of pitching injuries. De Leon only logged 17 innings in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers were willing to trade De Leon for Brian Dozier, though the Twins wanted more. Apparently L.A. valued Forsythe + two additional prospects over just Dozier. Either avenue saw De Leon in a new uniform. It’s reasonable to question how much Los Angeles valued De Leon.

De Leon could go on to have an outstanding career in Tampa Bay. The Rays are a pitching factory and have been well regarded for their handling of young arms since Andrew Friedman’s early days in the front office. The Dodgers had a surplus, and De Leon was viewed as the most expendable piece of it.

While some fans are unhappy now, if Forsythe helps the Dodgers win the National League, no one will complain.

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Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

3 Responses

  1. baseball_champ2

    What will you think the Dodgers opening day lineup will look like now with Logan Forsythe.

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