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First Pitch: Huntington’s Underrated Trades, and the 2013 Deadline Challenge

First Pitch: Huntington’s Underrated Trades, and the 2013 Deadline Challenge

It's kind of fitting how the current trade deadline is shaping up. Back when the Pittsburgh Pirates were rebuilding, teams were hoarding prospects. No one traded top prospects, and sometimes entire minor league teams would be made unavailable, even for good players in return. Now the Pirates have their best shot of contending, and have one of the best farm systems in the game. Back when they were sellers, that combination would have gotten them any player on the trade market. The way the current market is shaping up, they could still get any player they want, but they're going to have to pay a ton for it.

We saw the first signs of this being a seller's market when Matt Garza was traded for a huge return. The Texas Rangers gave up Mike Olt (a top 50 hitting prospect), C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm (two Grade B pitchers), and 1-2 players to be named later. That would be one if the Rangers take Neil Ramirez, who is rumored to be the fourth player in the deal, and is another Grade B pit...

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