Originally Posted by PTjvs
Of course there is, in a literal sense. Pitching prospects are incredibly difficult to accurately project though, and career arcs are nowhere near as predictable as with position players. This is a team that can win now. If you can trade low to mid ceiling pitching prospects to make that happen, you do. I suspect you'd do the same.
Things are changing with pitching. Not just in the majors, but in the minors too. Guys used to get hurt and be done for. Now, most guys come back from TJ and half come back from a shoulder issue that used to kill the career of 90% of the guys who dealt with it. That really changes the career arc we look at with pitchers, because those careers didn't have what the guys today have when it comes to medical technology.
Certainly, position guys are still easier to predict, but pitchers are easier than they used to be to figure out because you don't have to worry as much about the injury as you used to.