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Trades, and Dbacks' Minor League Prospects

Baseball America has released their Top 100 MLB prospects, and as a sign of how far our farm system has been decimated, we only have two in the top 100 -- RHP Jarrod Parker is at #29, and OF Gerardo Parra is #88. (Daniel Schlereth wasn't listed, perhaps because he projects as a super-LOOGY)

In contrast, several former Dbacks prospects, all from the Danny Haren trade, and all with the A's, were also listed -- LHP Brett Anderson is ranked #7, OF Aaron Cunningham is ranked #55, and IF/OF/DH/sluggerwhocan'tfield Chris Carter 2.0 is ranked #76.

The Dbacks have also traded other prospects over the last few years  -- some of them include Chad Beck, (Eckstein trade) Wilkin Castillo, Dallas Buck, (both Dunn trade) Evan Scribner, (Clark trade) Ross Ohlendorf, Alberto Gonzalez, Steven Jackson, (all in the Randy Johnson trade) and Sergio Santos (Orlando Hudson) were all traded over the past few seasons, but none are in BA's top 100. At the same time, since being traded, Carlos Gonzalez, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith have become part-time or full-time major leaguers -- Eveland with the A's, and CarGon and Smith now with the Rockies. CarGon is expected to either make the 25-man roster in ST or be on the bubble, while Smith is the favorite for the 5th spot in the rotation. (For a few obvious reasons, I'm not even gonna TOUCH Carlos Quentin)

On the other hand, the only significant prospect to come to the Dbacks and stick (so far) has been Juan Gutierrez, who came over in the Valverde trade.

We all know how awesome Haren was last year, and we all know he also came at a pretty price. Danny went 16-8, with a 137 ERA+, 216IP, and led the team last year with 206 Ks. (Fun fact: He's never committed a balk, in his entire major league career.) With the hindsight of a full season, how do you feel about the Haren trade? Why? Which of these minor league guys would you want back today? What about any of the other trades? Feel free to include other trades I haven't mentioned.

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