Dodgers use their deep pockets to buy a pair of Toronto prospects

Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, and his staff have been busy finding creative ways this year to stockpile their farm system with prospects.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Money can’t buy you love, but it comes in pretty handy when you’re trying to stockpile a baseball farm system.

Shortly after the Dodgers blew out their international signing pool money Thursday with several high-priced deals, they essentially bought a pair of prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays.

A successful team has to not only recognize its weaknesses but its strengths, and the Dodgers are playing to theirs.

The Dodgers traded three international signing slots worth approximately $1.1 million to the Blue Jays for two decent prospects, right-handed pitcher Chase DeJong and infielder Tim Locastro. Both were assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga.


DeJong, 21, is from Long Beach Wilson High, where he was originally selected by Toronto in the 2012 draft’s second round. He is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 14 starts for Class A Lansing. Locastro, 22, has a .310/.409/.421 slash line this year with Lansing.

The Dodgers already flew past their $2-million international signing limit just by agreeing to sign right-hander Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million and outfielder Starling Heredia for another $2.6 million. And they have reportedly signed three more prospects on the first day of international signings.

Now for the $1 million they’ll have to pay for Toronto to use the three slots, they get two still-young prospects. Say this for Andrew Friedman and the rest of the new management team: They’re not afraid to get creative in using their assets.