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Trading Pitching Prospects Never Easy

The Braves used Odalis Perez to get Gary Sheffield

This winter's trade of Adam Wainwright to the St. Louis Cardinals brings up a topic that is discussed often by baseball fans: the trade of top prospects for established veterans.

The dilemma is simple. In this era of frequent player movement, trading prospects like Wainwright is dangerous, only because of the chance the veteran acquired in the deal may not be around very long. Braves fans are already worried about the possibility that Drew and Eli Marrero will bolt after the 2004 season. Those two players may be elsewhere in April of 2005, the same month Wainwright may...

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