Thread: Speculation: Trade Speculation Part III
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02-19-2013, 09:26 PM
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Right, it's a bit like baseball: no prospect is truly "untouchable" (with incredibly rare exceptions), but if you have a high-end, high-potential prospect, then obviously your hope is that the kid can be a long term presence on your big league roster, an impact player with staying power.

That being the case, then the majority of the time you only trade a prospect like Merrill if you're essentially guaranteed a return of another player/players who have that same kind of potential, and have already demonstrated they can play in the big leagues. You don't deal high-end talent like that for rentals, you deal high-end talent like that for somebody who's in his prime and willing and able to stay around for a long time. Since we're not likely to find that, why think about trading Merrill now?

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