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MLB Trade Rumors: Top Prospects on the Trade Block, Holiday Edition
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If the Arizona Diamondbacks trust Didi Gregorius at shortstop, they'll peddle Chris Owings for other purposes.

MLB fans aren't waking up this Christmas morning to find new top prospects on their favorite teams.

Contradicting the trends that apply to rest of the world, baseball shopping actually slows down during the holiday season. Agents and team executives are only human—that's what we're assuming, anyway—and they want to cherish this time of year with family and friends just like the rest of us.

However, a handful of major league-caliber players on the trade block can be obtained later this offseason.

To be clear, these aren't the only advanced prospects available. They're just the ones being pushed out the door to varying extents by teams desperate to address other needs. Their trade values have risen thanks to productive 2013 seasons, inflating expectations for what they may accomplish against the highest level of competition.

Although teams are reluctant to part with the Addison Russells, Aaron Sanchezes and Taijuan Walkers of their farm systems, don't doubt the possibility of these next-tier individuals getting relocated.

 

*Stats provided by Baseball-Reference unless otherwise specified.

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