The biggest mistake the Los Angeles Dodgers can make during the 2014 MLB season has nothing to do with the play on the field. Instead, it would be trading their top young outfield prospect Joc Pederson.
The 22-year-old Pederson has already matched his power numbers from last season in double-A, hitting 22 home runs for the triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. Many scouts consider him to be the best outfield prospect in the game and his numbers back it up.
With the Dodgers’ big-league roster already carrying five outfielders, it has not been easy for Pederson to get the call up to the show. However, this might change soon if the Dodgers decide to unload one of their aging outfielders. Ideally, the Dodgers would like to move either Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier, but it will be tough because of their large contracts. The Dodgers would have to take on most of their current salaries if another team were to agree to a deal.
Ethier’s production has dipped since his outstanding 2012 season and Crawford has been constantly hit by nagging injuries. If one of these players were to go, it would give the Dodgers the opportunity to call up Pederson and see what he can do at the big-league level. A late September call-up could be likely for Pederson once the rosters expand starting Sept. 1.
If the Dodgers were to trade Pederson for a quick-fix guy such as Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester, it would ruin everything that the front office has preached. The farm system is the heart of every major-league ball club and letting top prospects go in order to satisfy the present is a mistake.