Building a Winner
Four different teams made it to the LCS this year. Where did they come from? I have already addressed the Phillies, and the folks at River Avenue Blues covered the Yankees. I would like to address the two Los Angeles teams briefly to see what we can learn about building the best teams in baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers
1B – James Loney – 1st Round Draft Pick, 2002
2B – Orlando Hudson – Signed as Free Agent from Arizona, 2009
SS – Rafael Furcal – Signed as Free Agent from Atlanta,
3B – Casey Blake – Traded by Cleveland, 2008
RF – Andre Ethier – Traded by Oakland, 2005
CF – Matt Kemp – 6th Round Draft Pick, 2003
LF – Manny Ramirez – Traded by Boston, 2008
C – Russell Martin – 17th Round Draft Pick, 2002
SP – Clayton Kershaw – 1st Round Draft Pick, 2006
SP – Randy Wolf – Signed as Free Agent from Houston, 2009
SP – Clay Billingsley – 1st Round Draft Pick, 2003
SP – Hiroki Kuroda – Signed as Free Agent from Japan, 2007
CL – Jonathan Broxton – 2nd Round Draft Pick, 2002
The Dodgers acquired 6 players via the draft, 3 from trades, 3 from free agency, and 1 from Japan.
Los Angeles Angels
1B – Kendry Morales – Signed as Amateur Free Agent, 2005
2B – Howie Kendrick – 10th round Draft Pick, 2002
SS – Erick Aybar – Signed as Amateur Free Agent, 2002
3B – Chone Figgins – Traded by Colorado, 2001
RF – Bobby Abreu – Signed as Free Agent from Yankees, 2009
CF – Torii Hunter – Signed as Free Agent from Minnesota, 2007
LF – Juan Rivera – Traded by Washington, 2004
C – Mike Napoli – 17th Round Draft Pick, 2000
DH – Vladimir Guerrero – Signed as Free Agent from Nationals, 2004
SP – Jered Weaver – 1st Round Draft Pick, 2004
SP – John Lackey – 2nd Round Draft Pick, 1999
SP – Scott Kazmir – Traded by Tampa Bay, 2009
SP – Joe Saunders – 1st Round Draft Pick, 2002
CL – Brian Fuentes – Signed as Free Agent from Colorado, 2008
The Angels acquired 5 players via draft, 3 via trades, 4 via free agency, and 2 as amateur free agents.
None of these teams are completely bought. The Phillies acquired 8 through the traditional draft, Rule 5 draft, or amateur free agency. The Yankees acquired 7 that way, plus another through Japanese free agency. The Dodgers acquired 6 like the Phillies and join the Yankees with 1 from Japan. Finally, the Angels 7 through the draft and amateur free agency. Overall, the Phillies are the most homegrown team, and either of the LA teams have brought in the most players from other teams.
What conclusions should we draw from this?