Futures Game players who could be dealt
July, 8, 2012
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIHamels would fetch top prospects in return, but only if the team knew he would sign long-term.
There are scant few occasions when the minor leagues’ best players are gathered in one setting, but MLB’s Futures Game is one such instance.
The game offers all 30 clubs’ general managers the opportunity to evaluate the game’s best young talent all at once, and more importantly, the chance to rank them side by side for future trade possibilities. Usually general managers will make sure that the organization sends two of its top evaluators.
However, the reality is most of baseball’s 30 GMs actually will not have a majority of these elite players available to them in trades even for superstar-caliber players. You won’t see the Kansas City Royals part with Wil Myers even for Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, just like the Texas Rangers won’t deal top prospects Jurickson Profar or Mike Olt even if the return is Milwaukee Brewers righty Zack Greinke.
Still, there remains a handful of young players in the Futures Game who could be dealt if their teams could net an important piece that vaults them to a shot at the World Series. Here are five players who I think could be included in a blockbuster-type transaction.