Thursday's trade between the Dodgers and Cubs, amidst all the chaos of arbitration deadline day, sent reliever Yency Almonte and former first-round draft pick Michael Busch to Chicago and brought prospects Jackson Ferris and Zyhir Hope to Los Angeles.
Busch, the No. 2 prospect in the Dodgers' organization in 2023, had a rough go of things in his first appearances in the big leagues last year, but he still has a high ceiling and will have more room to grow with the Cubs, where he'll presumably get more playing time with than he was going to in LA, with all of the veterans and superstars in the Dodgers' lineup elbowing him out.
This trade was largely an effort to clear roster space necessary to make the Teoscar Hernández signing official while also leaving one spot open for another starting pitcher. The Dodgers can still do some shuffling if they want more bullpen arms as well, but for now, if a free agent signing is in the cards, they're able to accommodate him. However, Ferris and Hope shouldn't be sold short. Despite a disappointing early showing, the Dodgers had a lot of hope for Busch, and they wouldn't have given him away for bottom-barrel prospects.
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Some interesting analyses of Ferris' pitching arsenal and Hope's swing mechanics have already started to crop up around social media, indicating that these two players may not be ones to sleep on. They're both very young (Ferris is 19 and Hope is 18), so we're not going to see them in the major leagues for a while. However, as one of them has already taken his place in the top five of the Dodgers' prospect pipeline, they'll be ones to watch out for as their careers progress.