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To just what point do the Dodgers hang on to their prized prospects?

Dodgers appear set on hanging on to top prospects, but is that costing them the chance to add quality players?

Let’s hang on, to what we’ve got …

Anyway, if he's viewed as some really, really bright prospect you should hang onto him. If his name is Corey Seager, Joc Pederson or Julio Urias.

The Dodgers were making deals all over the Gaslamp Quarter on Wednesday and when the dust finally settled, at least momentarily, they had hung onto their prized trio. And they were very happy about this.

Apparently it bothers CEO Stan Kasten that in the nearly three years his group has owned the Dodgers, not one player or pitcher drafted by the team has graduated from the minors to an everyday job with the major league club.

"Now you can see the beginning,” Kasten told The Times’ Bill Shaikin. “Joc Pederson would be the first, if he makes the team. We hope that will begin to be evident. That is the goal. That has always been the goal. But isn't it amazing, three years now, we still haven't had one?"

I don’t know, the last two years they won their division. Seems a lot more important in the long run. Certainly a team is better off with a reasonable pipeline of young talent coming up, but it is also fine to trade that potential talent for immediate help.

Right now the Dodgers seem firmly committed to clearing room for their prized three. Pederson is already penciled in as their starting 2015 center fielder. They traded for shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has only one year remaining on his contract, to serve as a bridge to Seager.

Which brings us to Urias. He’s the 18-year-old Mexican left-hander the Dodgers think is a future ace.

Only this Dodgers team, now with improved defense and a solid lineup, is still in need of one more starting pitcher. There have been talks with the Phillies about ace Cole Hamels, but most assume it won’t happen because Philadelphia would naturally want one of the Dodgers’ three top prospects as part of any package in return.

Hey, the Dodgers actually need Pederson this season after trading Matt Kemp, so he ain’t going. They’ve set it up for Seager next season, so he’s not going anywhere either.

So do you hang on to a potential ace at the cost of acquiring a known entity? Hamels will turn 31 this month and has four additional years on his current contract at $90 million. That’s a reasonable deal considering the $155-million, six-year deal Jon Lester just signed with the Cubs. Or the four-year, $48-million contract the Dodgers just gave Brandon McCarthy, who when last seen by the Dodgers -- back in April, when he was withe Diamondbacks -- was being pounded for six runs and 10 hits in seven innings.

The Phillies reportedly would prefer a position player, so maybe the deal can’t happen. Plus Hamels is left-handed, and the Dodgers already have two lefties in the rotation, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, so maybe they’re better off trying to sign either Max Scherzer or James Shields, both right-handers. Both, of course, turned down qualifying offers, so signing either would cost the Dodgers a precious first-round pick.

Let’s just hope the Dodgers haven’t gone overboard and are suddenly so wedded to creating their own possible stars that they pass up on adding a known one now.

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