MLB Offseason 2011: 15 Prospects Who'll Be Big Trade-Deadline Targets

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MLB Offseason 2011: 15 Prospects Who'll Be Big Trade-Deadline Targets
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The baseball season is still several months away, but that doesn't stop us from taking a look at which top prospects could be targeted by clubs over the coming year.

It will take a lot to wrestle studs such as Shelby Miller and Nolan Arenado from their clubs, but if the right trade partner comes along at the trade deadline, there's no telling what could happen.

I didn't think the Cincinnati Reds would move Yonder Alonso this offseason. Few people thought the San Francisco Giants would move Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets for Carlos Beltran until it actually happened.

The point is there are very few true "untouchable" prospects. You're not going to see Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Jesus Montero on this list—although the Yankees have shown in the past that Montero is not untouchable—but you will see the next big crop of stars.

Here's a breakdown of 15 prospects who could draw heavy interest from clubs at next season's trade deadline. For the benefit of clarity, I'm using MLB's criteria for rookie eligibility to determine prospect status.

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