Inside the frenzied 12 minutes that led to the Dodgers’ deal for Yu Darvish

About 30 minutes before the Darvish negotiations accelerated, the New York Yankees had acquired starter Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s for infielder Jorge Mateo, starter James Kaprielian and outfielder Dustin Fowler. While huzzahs were sent the Yankees’ way, a number of evaluators noted Mateo at one point was a top 50 prospect, Kaprielian before his Tommy John surgery close to the same and Fowler an under-the-radar favorite of scouts across baseball. While the Yankees ostensibly held on to their highest-rated prospects, it did not prevent Oakland from receiving what most believed a considerable haul, particularly if Kaprielian and Fowler, who is out with a ruptured patella tendon, return strong from their injuries.

Around this time last year, few in baseball knew that a pitcher nearing his return from Tommy John was throwing 99 mph with a pair of frontline offspeed pitches. He was nowhere near top 100 lists. The Dodgers knew what they had in Walker Buehler, but to the rest of the world, he wasn’t nearly the type of prospect of Calhoun.

The world of prospecting in baseball is fickle, and that was perhaps the greatest challenge Daniels faced Monday. Cleveland wasn’t willing to trade its top minor leaguer, catcher

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