In any trade involving Mike Trout you would expect to get back a number of top notch prospects or young talent that is already in the majors. That sounds great, but really what you are hoping with any prospect you get is that you can find a Mike Trout. So, if you already have the best all-around player in baseball, who is only 24 years old and you have him under team control until 2020 at a very team friendly salary why would you ever trade him.
There is no prospect in baseball or player in the league that is going to even come close to matching Trout's talent. Maybe you get back two or three top rated prospects and maybe two of them make it in the majors, but can they replace Mike Trout? Trout is a once in a generation type player. A guy you can and should build your franchise around. Any team would be foolish to trade a star like Trout who is only going to get better over the next five years.
I know that my common sense approach to this topic will not make sense to many of you out there, but this isn't fantasy baseball. This is real life and you don't trade away the face of your franchise for the next ten years hoping to get back some top prospects that may or may not make it in the big leagues. Could we please, once and for all, stop the Trout trade talk?
If you disagree we would love to hear from you.