The most exciting deadline trades are the ones involving big-salaried veterans and highly touted prospects. The juxtaposition of now versus future always makes for interesting debate and endless analytical speculation.
Last trade deadline, for instance, the Milwaukee Brewers folded shop by dealing stud pitcher Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop prospect Jean Segura. Even though the trade was panned at the time, Segura has since posted an elite .325 batting average with a park-adjusted 137 wRC+, 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases.
With so many teams in the playoff hunt this season, the 2013 trade deadline is sure to boast its own brand of heated rumors and anticipated trades.
Below is a list of the best prospect trade chips for top 2013 MLB contenders.