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Which prospects will Moore trade?

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Based on the history of the Braves franchise, it seems pretty clear to me that Dayton Moore will at some point trade some of the highest rated Royals prospects for proven major leaguers. The Braves' record in these trades is decidedly mixed. In 2003 they traded away Adam Wainwright and Jason Marquis for one season of JD Drew and Eli Marrero. Ouch. On the other hand, in 2004 they traded top prospect Dan Meyer and Juan Cruz for Tim Hudson, which was a great call. I won't mention the Teixiera trade, because Moore wasn't there for that one, but it shows the trend clearly: Moore comes from a franchise that isn't scared to trade away top prospects. (I understand that part of the motivation for those trades was that the Braves felt they could re-sign Hudson, whereas the Royals may not have such a luxury...) While it's sacrilege to mention it during this summer of love in Omaha, Arkansas and Delaware, not all of Lamb, Mous, Hosmer, Myers, Montgomery, Crow, Colon and Dwyer will be successful major leaguers. For as many as half of those guys, trading them when they're still highly regarded prospects will be the best move. In fact, it's likely that as many as two of that group will never be more valuable than they are this winter. So here's a simple question: Which of these prospects should Moore consider trading?

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