MLB Trade Deadline: Predicting the ETA, Impact of Top Traded MLB Prospects

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MLB Trade Deadline: Predicting the ETA, Impact of Top Traded MLB Prospects
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Now that the 2012 Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone (finally!), it’s time to sit back and analyze all of the deals that transpired over the last week-and-a-half.

Although there wasn’t a lot of movement involving top prospects, a majority of the prospects moved before the deadline are definitely worth noting.

For teams like the Tigers, Giants, Rangers and Dodgers, who traded at least one high-profile prospect, the emphasis to "win now" was overly apparent in their decision to acquire the necessary final pieces to hopefully ensure a playoff berth.

At the same time, teams such as the Astros, Phillies, Cubs and Marlins focused on rebuilding their subpar systems, trading major league talent for high-upside prospects.

When it was all said and done, the trade activity leading up to the deadline was somewhat disappointing. Other than Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster, there were no star-caliber big leaguers traded despite previous weeks of rampant speculation.

So, to make sense of all the trade deadline activity, it’s only appropriate to dissect each prospect-related transaction to determine the impact respective players may have on their new organization.

While I would love to offer notes on every player involved in a trade, I decided to focus solely on those considered to be legitimate prospects.

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