It's a young man's sport.
At least, that seems to be the trend in Major League Baseball. Long gone are the days when the 40-year-old stars roamed the diamonds. Now, rookies like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper steal all of the headlines.
The trend is evident. Several teams are deciding to be more selective in their big-money acquisitions and are preferring to develop and sign their own internal talent.
Is this a product of the Moneyball mentality? It certainly is hard to ignore the parallels.
While the non-waiver trade deadline has passed us by, the winter may still prove to be quite entertaining. Teams that opted to hold pat may find themselves willing to part with some of the prospects previously considered untouchable.
It all circles back to the notion of spending money to make money. If you want to win, you may have to sacrifice some prospects to get a piece your team is missing in the puzzle.
Sure, it may mean a significant trade that requires the trigger to be pulled, or perhaps a better package presented than what was seen in July. Either way, potential exists.
Here are 10 top prospects who very well could be used as trade bait.