Fantasy Baseball 2012: 10 Untouchable Assets Before Mid-August Trade Deadlines

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Fantasy Baseball 2012: 10 Untouchable Assets Before Mid-August Trade Deadlines
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Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (22 HR, 66 RBI, 72 Runs, 14 Steals, .373 BA) has already emerged as the seasonal favorite for National League MVP and Fantasy MVP.

The following countdown touts 10 MLB stars (six hitters/four pitchers) who should be "untouchable" prior to the fantasy trade deadlines in mid-August.

To clarify, any of these dynamos could be had in an obviously one-sided 3-for-1, 4-for-2 or 5-for-2 blockbuster. But in the realm of 1-for-1 or 2-for-1 swaps, it's virtually impossible—or highly implausible—to find equity in trades that pit a five-category star hitter or four-category pitching wiz against one or two productive, but ultimately replaceable talents.

The publishing date for this countdown is Aug. 2, but nine of the players listed have proven to be time-tested studs from month-to-month or year-to-year, with few exceptions.

And the 10th player, Angels rookie Mike Trout, is already making a strong case for being the consensus No. 1 pick in 2013 fantasy drafts, regardless of league scoring rules.

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