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Revisiting the Trades of the Last Few Years Part 1

Revisiting the Trades of the Last Few Years Part 1

When a team trades established major league players for prospects, a practice the Pittsburgh Pirates are very familiar with, they run in to a difficult situation with their fan base.  They are trading away established players who will go and immediately provide production for their new team.  Meanwhile, the team gets unestablished prospects in return, with no guarantees that those prospects realize their potential.

The fact that the other team is getting immediate results leads to the idea that the trade was a bust, without actually giving any time for the prospects in return to develop.  Because it can take a few years for a the prospects in a return to develop, you usually see a few years of complaining about a deal before the actual return starts to materialize. In some cases, the original perception never changes, even though the trade value obviously has changed.  That's in part due to stubbornness, and in part to unrealistic expectations about how soon a trade for prospects sh...

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