When Dodgers President of Andrew Friedman retires from the game of baseball, he might have a statue built at Dodger Stadium. The list of prized signings and trades is a mile long at this point, and he’s only a few years into the job. Not to mention he has helped build teams that have won NL West titles, a few NL Pennants, and a World Series.
But one trade that could easily go down as his biggest swindle involves Chris Taylor. Five years ago today, the Dodgers traded away a former first-round pick in Zach Lee for CT3. It wasn’t big news and the only reason it was talked about was that Los Angeles finally gave up on their first-round pick in Lee.
Now 5 years later, the Dodgers are pushing to get Taylor to an All-Star Game while he is having arguably the best season of his career. And believe it or not, Lee is still kicking in the minor leagues and trying to break through.
After the Dodgers took him with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 draft, he floundered in the minor leagues. But they never gave up on him, even adding him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft in 2014. When he did make his big league debut in 2015, it was a nightmare. Lee gave up 4 runs in teh 1st inning to the Mets and 7 overall in 4.2 innings of work.
Lee was optioned back to Triple-A not long after and never pitched for the Dodgers big league club again. Since then, he’s bounced around to a few different organizations. The Mariners later let him go the Padres after he was claimed on waivers. He would then spend time with the Rays, Mets, A’s, and now finally with the Diamondbacks.
He’s still with Arizona’s Triple-A team and almost 30-years-old. Through 7 starts, Lee owns a 5.22 ERA and 1.977 WHIP. All hope is not lost for the former first-round pick, but time is certainly running out. For now, he’s just a part of MLB trivia that highlights the wonderful career that Chris Taylor has built.