As the 2015 Major League Baseball season approaches, teams are taking their final steps in assembling the best combination of players to take the field on Opening Day. After the bustle of the Winter Meetings in December, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been relatively quiet on the trade front, and have passed on the big name free agents thus far.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi have opted to add more defensive-oriented players such as Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins through trades and have quietly increased bullpen depth and versatility.
Zaidi took over the Dodgers Twitter account on Friday and answered several questions from fans. One follower brought up whether the three top prospects — Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, or Julio Urias — were off limits in any trade negotiations, to which Zaidi responded it would be difficult to trade any of the three:
.@aceofsocal I'm asked about them constantly, but hard to see any scenario where the return would justify it. Extremely high on all three.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 6, 2015
The names Pederson, Seager and Urias have become synonymous with the Dodgers’ organization and the trio have drawn recognition from several publications. Pederson is the de facto leader of the pack as he’s already reached the Majors and is in position to win the staring job in center field.
Meanwhile, Seager is seen as the future answer at either shortstop or third base for Los Angeles, perhaps as soon as 2016. As for Urias, he is considered one of most promising left-handed pitchers the franchise has had since one Clayton Kershaw.
Other teams in the Majors are well aware of the prized possession in the Dodgers’ farm system and in the Philadelphia Phillies case, have asked for all three to be included in a trade.
Since the Guggenheim Baseball Management group took over ownership of the Dodgers in 2012, president and CEO Stan Kasten has repeatedly placed an emphasis on rebuilding the farm to have sustained success with home grown players.
Whether or not the new front office deems it necessary to further strengthen the team this offseason or before the trade deadline, and whether that involves trading any of the aforementioned prospects remains to be seen. In the meantime, management has thus stuck to their guns of holding onto their top prospects.
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