It's always a crap-shoot trying to determine which prospects might become trade bait during baseball's offseason. Projecting those that might swap teams during the trade deadline is child's play, but hitting the nail on the head from October through February is tougher than...well, just about anything.
Take last year for example.
Nobody could have predicted that the top hitting and pitching prospect from Milwaukee's farm system would be sent packing. But it happened, with Brett Lawrie dealt to Toronto and Jake Odorizzi to Kansas City. And all the names that were widely rumored as being trade bait, such as Colorado's Charlie Blackmon and New York's Jesus Montero, ended up staying put.
Like I said, a crap-shoot.
Take that into account as I present the nine top prospects most likely (according to me, myself and I) to find themselves hitting or pitching for another team come spring training 2012.
And keep in mind, as you'll find that many of these players aren't necessarily THE top prospects in their organization, that the players who get dealt won't be traded as a result of their awesomeness, but rather due to the needs of the team that's dealing them.