By now, you’ve probably read at least one of the many articles on why an Oscar Taveras-for-Jurickson Profar trade would make sense. Taveras, the Cardinals’ top prospect, would fit immediately into a corner outfield in Texas and Profar, the Rangers’ top prospect, would do the same with the shortstop spot in St. Louis.
In this article by Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an AL team official is quoted as saying you can’t do the deal because, “You can’t be the guy who is wrong if one works out and becomes a star as expected and the other doesn’t.”
In the same story, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak mentions how he’d rather not break up a farm system that he’s comfortable with, not to mention one that is considered to be the top system in baseball.
Dayn Perry of CBSSports.com made the point that such a trade wouldn’t happen because of the hole it would create in St. Louis' lineup next season when Taveras is set to take over for free agent-to-be Carlos Beltran in right field.
So while it’s fun to discuss because they are both elite prospects without an immediate spot with their current organization, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense when looking deeper into it.
But since these are so much fun to discuss, here are five other trades that seemingly make a ton of sense (at least to me) but have very little chance of happening.