World Series news how Dodgers and Astros built their lineups

The San Diego Union-Tribune

(TNS) — Already building from within when Josh Byrnes was dismissed 2 { years into a job, a Padres’ coronet green-lit a discerning repair when they authorized A.J. Preller’s offseason excavation streamer into a 2015 season.

They shipped a immature catcher (Yasmani Grandal) and dual teenager fasten pitchers to Los Angeles to acquire a bat to build around (Matt Kemp). They flipped a span of homegrown prospects (Trea Turner and Joe Ross) in a three-team understanding that netted a “now” bat (Wil Myers). They traded some-more prospects to collect adult another outfield bat (Justin Upton) and a closer (Craig Kimbrel). They substituted dual some-more pieces for a catcher (Derek Norris). They sealed a 33-year-old pitcher (James Shields) to a richest agreement in authorization history.

After nonetheless another 70-something-win season, they tore it all down to build from within.


Which is — trust it or not — mostly a approach both 2017 World Series contestants assembled their core of their rosters.

Yes, even a Dodgers, owners of an MLB-high $242 million payroll on Opening Day.

Here’s a demeanour during how a front offices of 104-win and 101-win teams — Los Angeles and Houston, respectively — pieced together World Series-worthy squads.


Astros (7): AL MVP-hopeful Jose Altuve sealed in 2007 out of Venezuela as an pledge giveaway agent. Game 1 starter Dallas Keuchel was a seventh-round collect dual years later, while a tip of a breeze incited out SS Carlos Correa (No. 1 altogether in 2012), OF George Springer (No. 11 altogether in 2011), 3B Alex Bregman (No. 2 altogether in 2015), RHP Lance McCullers (No. 41 altogether in 2012) and OF Derek Fisher (No. 37 altogether in 2014).

Dodgers (7): One reason a Dodgers exaggerate baseball’s richest register is attack a kitty by selecting LHP Clayton Kershaw with a seventh altogether collect in 2006. The Dodgers are profitable him some-more than $35 million a year by 2020. RHP Kenley Jansen ($11.3 million) is another homegrown product (signed in 2004 out of Curacao) who struck it abounding to stay in L.A., that could also be a box one day for a likes of SS Corey Seager (18th altogether in 2012), 1B/OF Cody Bellinger (4th turn in 2013) and OF Joc Pederson (11th turn in 2010).


Astros (6): The second-highest paid actor in Houston, DH Carlos Beltran ($16 million) sealed a one-year understanding before a season. 1B Yuli Gurriel ($14.4 million) is in a second leg of a five-year deal, OF Josh Reddick ($13 million) is in a initial deteriorate of a four-year understanding and RHP Luke Gregerson ($6.25 million) is in a final days of his three-year deal. RHP Charlie Morton sealed for $7 million before a season.

Dodgers (5): 3B Justin Turner sealed a four-year, $64 million understanding to sojourn in Los Angeles after creatively fasten a classification as a pre-arbitration-eligible giveaway representative ($1 million in 2014). The Dodgers enjoyed identical gains this year from RHP Brandon Morrow’s medium understanding ($1.25 million), though spent significantly on a general marketplace for OF Yasiel Puig (7 years, $42 million) and Kenta Maeda (8 years, $25 million). Veteran Chase Utley returned for a third deteriorate in Los Angeles for a medium $2 million payday.


Astros (9): As distant as a postseason pull is concerned, a many poignant square arrived in a late-August waiver deal: Verlander, money and a actor to be named after from Detroit for 3 prospects. Houston’s highest-paid actor on opening day, C Brian McCann ($17 million), was acquired from a Yankees before this season, and LHP Francisco Liriano arrived from Toronto during a non-waiver deadline. Meanwhile C Evan Gattis, INF Marwin Gonzalez and pitchers Chris Devenski, Ken Giles, Joe Musgrove and Brad Peacock all arrived in trades as a Astros transitioned out of their 100-losses-a-year phase.

Dodgers (13): More than half a NLCS register arrived around deals, with a 11th-hour trade in Jul bringing RHP Yu Darvish from a Rangers to turn out a rotation. LHP Rich Hill re-signed this winter after nearing around trade from Oakland in 2016 and LHP Alex Wood was one of 12 players exchanged in a three-team understanding with a Braves and Marlins in Jul 2015. The Dodgers’ primary catchers also arrived around trade — Yasmani Grandal (Padres) and Austin Barnes (Marlins) — in 2015, with a latter understanding also bringing in NLCS favourite Enrique Hernandez. Breakthrough star Chris Taylor was substituted for Zach Lee (later waived by Seattle and claimed by San Diego) before a start of a deteriorate and INF Logan Forsythe, OF Curtis Granderson and relievers Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson were all acquired during some indicate this year. OF Andre Ethier arrived 12 years progressing in a Milton Bradley understanding with Oakland.


Astros (3): As many teams outward a top tiers in spending do — Houston’s $124 million opening day payroll ranked 18th in ball — a Astros unearthed a handful of diamonds from other teams’ drop piles. RHP Collin McHugh was waived by a Rockies in Dec 2013, RHP Will Harris was waived by a D-backs in Nov 2014 and one-time Padres OF Cameron Maybin was waived by a Angels on Aug. 31 of this year.

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