Once again, baseball approaches its trade deadline—where we will undoubtedly see some impact players switch uniforms as teams try to fix their weaknesses and stock up on extra talent for the stretch run and the playoffs. All eyes will likely be on big-name players like Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, as well as Cubs righties Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, as these four are widely considered the top prizes of the current market.
However, for every trade that sees a superstar relocate, we also see some potential future stars join new organizations.
Last season it was young righty Drew Pomeranz moving to Colorado in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez. With Jimenez struggling in Cleveland, you have to assume that the Indians might be regretting cashing in a possible young star for a player that doesn't seem to be able to cut it in the AL. Some might even say that they were crazy to give up Pomeranz, who quickly ascended to the big leagues after less than a year in the minors.
The Angels were struggling at the deadline last year, but luckily for them, they decided to stand their ground and hold on to top prospect Mike Trout, who just one year later is thriving in the majors and on top of Rookie of the Year talk is starting to garner legitimate consideration for AL MVP honors.
How crazy would we have said they were if they had thrown away the guy that's currently leading the league in hitting for a half-year rental?
So, which young studs would teams be crazy to give up at this year's trade deadline?
There are some extremely talented guys down in the minors right now, but there might just be more desperate teams that are clinging to wild card hopes late in July, as the creation of the second wild card has led to over 70 percent of the MLB teams remaining in contention at this point in the season.
So, let's check it out. Which five prospects are just too good for their teams to even think about letting go?