LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers utilized their vast financial resources to essentially buy two prospects from the Blue Jays on Thursday, acquiring pitcher Chase DeJong and infielder Tim Locastro from Toronto for three international bonus pool slots.
The Dodgers traded international slots No. 27 ($545,900), No. 57 ($368,700) and No. 117 ($156,700), worth a total of $1,071,300 in bonus pool money, which allows the Blue Jays a larger limit. For the Dodgers, who have already blown past their limit with at least five reported signings on the first day of the international signing period, this just means they will pay an extra $1,071,300 in overage tax.
That seems a small price to pay for a pair of potentially productive prospects.
DeJong, 21, is 7-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 14 starts for low Class-A Lansing, with 77 strikeouts and 18 walks in 86⅓ innings in his repeat year in the Midwest League. The right-hander from Wilson High School in Long Beach made the Baseball America prospect hot sheet on June 19, with BA describing his repertoire as "a three-pitch mix of low-90s fastball, curve and changeup."
Toronto drafted DeJong in the second round in 2012. He was rated their No. 17 prospect by Baseball America in the offseason.
Locastro, 22, is a second baseman hitting .310/.409/.421 in 70 games at Lansing. He was drafted in the 13th round in 2013 out of Ithaca College in New York.
Both DeJong and Locastro were assigned to advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.