Originally Posted by PuffyPig
It's relevant as to the theory of trading prospects for sure things.
At the time many were advocating trading Votto for an established average pitcher, many thought we had first base covered with Dunn down the road.
Keep in mind that at the time nobody thought a kid named Joey Votto was going to be a future MVP. He was a good prospect but not a great prospect at the time. It took him quite a while to make it to the major leagues. He was a bit of a late bloomer and developed much further than anybody ever thought he would. His case is certainly a great example of what you are risking when you trade a prospect, but we also have to understand that very, very few prospects (even top prospects) turn out to be as good as Joey Votto.