With the start of the international signing period, the Los Angeles Dodgers were allotted just $2 million.
However, Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman broke the bank on the first day of the signing period by signing two of the top-five international prospects. One of which was a deal worth $16 million.
The Dodgers must pay a 100 percent tax on every dollar spent over the first $2 million. Being that they have exceeded their limit in just the first day, the front office has decided to continue to sign players and take the pentalties that will follow.
The Dodgers traded three international signing slots: 27, 57, and 117 (worth $1,071,300) to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for prospects Chase DeJong and Tim Locastro.
DeJong was drafted out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California in 2012 by the Blue jays and has played in Low-A ball since. After having a rough season in 2014 in his first season, he has pitched quite well in 2015 with a 7-4 record and a 3.13 ERA.
Locastro was drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 draft by the Blue Jays out of Ithaca College and is playing his first full season in Single-A this year. He is having the best season of his short professional career, slashing .310/.409/.831 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.
Although these young players will not make an impact on the Dodgers for years to come, this trade shows the resourcefulness of the front office. Instead of using the $1,071,300 to get a small discount on a highly-priced player, the front office instead used it to buy two solid young players who could have very bright futures.
The front office is obviously focused on continuous success for the Dodgers, who are currently in first place in the National League West Division by three games.