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How much is that star in the window?

Dreaming of what it might take to trade for Pujols, Lincecum, Longoria and more

Updated: July 30, 2010, 1:29 PM ET
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesTim Lincecum would look good as part of a 1-2 punch with Cliff Lee, wouldn't he?

With hours to go in deadline season, we've already seen our share of upsets and surprises as far as trades made, many for less than expected. In many of these scenarios, money is playing one part and absolute need another.

Expense and necessity, though -- what fun is that?

How about we dial back and think in terms of what it would take to swing swaps involving the best ballplayers in the game? Making one concession to reality by exempting those top stars with full no-trade protection on their current contracts, let's imagine what it would take to trade for the like of Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria and Miguel Cabrera. Consider this a thought exercise. With all of these trades, think about this: If Team A called up Team B with this offer, who hangs up first? And feel free to pick your favorites in the comments.

1. Albert Pujols to the Boston Red Sox for 1B Kevin Youkilis, RHP Casey Kelly, 1B Lars Anderson and SS Jose Iglesias.