I was talking with Kevin Creagh the other day about the Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin rumors. Kevin mentioned a few players that it would probably cost for each guy. Keeping with my "what would the Rays do" line of thinking, I mentioned that I wouldn't deal any of the players mentioned (some of the names included Willy Garcia, Nick Kingham, or the Indianapolis left-handers).
Kevin's response was something I've heard a few times over the last few days: you've got to give talent to get talent.
Of course that theory only works if you're actually looking to get talent by giving up talent.
As I've mentioned many times over the last week, I don't think the Pirates should approach the idea of giving up prospects lightly. They're a small market team, and prospects have a huge value to them. This isn't a new theory. It's the same thing I said last year. The ideal trade for the Pirates involves them giving up cash, rather than prospects.
All of this got me thinking about untouchable prospe...
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