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5 Top Prospects the Boston Red Sox Are Lucky Not to Have Traded on July 31

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5 Top Prospects the Boston Red Sox Are Lucky Not to Have Traded on July 31
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The Red Sox were smart to hold onto to their top prospects at the trade deadline.

The July 31 trade deadline came and went. The Boston Red Sox barely made a splash.

They traded Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona for lefty Craig Breslow. In a separate deal, they unloaded Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitcher Steven Wright.

Hardly earth-shattering stuff.

But that may be all for the best. Although the Red Sox did not acquire a big name on July 31, they were able to hold onto their important prospects.

Holding onto their top prospects may have just been the best move Red Sox GM Ben Cherington could have made.

Here I list the top five prospects, in order of importance, whom the Red Sox were smart not to have traded away on July 31.

To make this list, I took into consideration the prospect rankings of BaseballAmerica.com, Baseball Prospectus, SoxProspects.com and MLB.com

Note: In order to show the prospect’s growth, BaseballAmerica.com rankings are from January 2012, Baseball Prospectus rankings are from February 2012, and SoxProspects.com and MLB.com rankings are current. 

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