October 19, 2012
Clubs don't often make trades unless some major-league talent is involved. The typical swap is centered on the immediate needs of a contending club or one that plans to do so in the immediate future. So, while one side may sacrifice pieces of the future in the form of top prospects, the other is looking to add such assets to its organization in exchange for veterans.
There are instances, however, where it appears two teams match up well in prospect-for-prospect trades that benefit all parties, most of which include talents who are close to being big-league ready. Here are five such examples.
Note: The suggested trade scenarios below may require additional pieces to complete if broached in the real world; focus instead on how the prospect needs match up, not how plausible a straight one-for-one swap is.
The St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitching depth goes beyond top prospect Shelby Miller and down to right-handers Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Tyrell Jenkins. The Cards also boast depth in the outfield and have an impact right field prospect on the way. What they lack down on the farm and on the 25-man roster is a long-term answer at shortstop.
Ronny Rodriguez possesses a plus arm, average range and above-average power at the plate and has convinced many that he can stick at shortstop for the long haul. He's within a few years of the big leagues and could burst onto the scene for the Redbirds in 2014, likely snatching the job from Pete Kozma or whatever veteran might be brought in between now and then.