After spending seven years with the team that drafted him in 2005, and only 40 major-league games to show for it, Ivan De Jesus wanted the Dodgers to trade him.
That’s what the infielder told the Boston Globe on Tuesday:
“I want to stress … we continue to believe in the importance of building a foundation through scouting and player development,” Kasten said. “We won’t be what we want to be until we build the system of players.”
“The great advantage of this ownership is, we can do both at the same time.”
Sounds a little utopian, right? Let’s take a look at the hit the Dodgers’ farm system just absorbed.
In acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Carl Crawford, Joe Blanton, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, Randy Choate and Brandon League,here’s what the Dodgers sacrificed from their system: