MLB Prospects Turning Vets into Trade Bait

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MLB Prospects Turning Vets into Trade Bait
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Right about now, debates are heating up in front offices around baseball as to what moves teams can make to improve their rosters—and in some cases, their chances of remaining in contention for a playoff spot.

Some teams are focused on acquiring that help via the trade market, while others have their eyes on the pair of established veterans who remain available as free agents: Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales.

But there's a small group of clubs which, whether they wanted to or not, are being forced to turn their gazes in, as prospects down on the farm are producing at a level that simply cannot be ignored.

Of course, to add a prospect to the major league mix someone needs to be displaced.

Here's a look at a handful of prospects who are forcing their way onto a major league roster with their play—and the veterans blocking their path who would be wise to start looking over their shoulder well before the July 31 trade deadline arrives.


*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of and and are current through games of May 19.

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