MLB Trade Rumors: Top Prospects on the Trade Block, Winter Meetings Edition

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MLB Trade Rumors: Top Prospects on the Trade Block, Winter Meetings Edition
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Will the Diamondbacks deal SS Chris Owings for a starting pitcher?

Beyond offering hope to fans of struggling teams, prospects serve a more important purpose at this time of the year.

With Major League Baseball’s winter meetings underway and every team evaluating their rosters for the 2014 season, prospects can be the deciding factor when it comes to an offseason blockbuster trade.

Last year, top-ranked prospects Travis d’Arnaud, Jake Marisnick and Wil Myers were each featured (as part of larger packages) in trades for All-Star players and went on to reach the major leagues during the 2013 season.

While outfielder Michael Choice and left-hander Robbie Ray were traded in smaller deals last week, there’s yet to be a trade involving a top-ranked prospect.

Similarly, there haven’t been many substantiated trade rumors so far involving prospects. However, that’s not to say the rumors aren’t out there.

So let’s break down the hottest trade rumors involving top prospects.

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