Rebuilding the Farm
Gurnick says that “accepting a signing ban is no way to rebuild a sustainable farm system,” which is fair, though one could argue that adding a potential star to the system has more impact than gambling on a gaggle of 16 year olds.
In their last two signing periods, the Dodgers have given out their biggest bonuses to Lucas Tirado and Romer Cuadrado, neither of whom are anywhere close to the Majors nor considered top prospects.
Not only would Moncada immediately qualify as one of the Dodgers’ top-five prospects, he’d likely be considered a Top-50 prospect in all of baseball. While depth is nice to have in a farm system, star power can’t be rivaled.
The Dodgers would still be allowed to sign international players, just for a limited amount of money ($250,000). Sure, they won’t compete for the top 16 year olds, but they haven’t done that in over a decade.
And while Gurnick may not be open to this approach, the Dodgers seem to be open to it. Farhan Zaidi has come out in favor of signing Moncada, while Jesse Sanchez reported that the club may have actually outbid the Diamondbacks for Yoan Lopez (but Lopez chose Arizona due to a quicker path to the big leagues) and remember, the Dodgers had some of their top brass at a recent showcase starring another Cuban, Hector Olivera.
So, what do you think? Should the Dodgers bet the farm on Moncada or take a more even-handed approach to their international signings? Feel free to let me know on Twitter @JaredJMassey.