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Young players to buy low

Shaky performance has caused these players to fall, but a high reward remains

Updated: December 5, 2011, 1:11 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

DALLAS -- As Buster Olney recently wrote, this year's winter meetings could see a flurry of trades, as plenty of teams seem to be more focused on bargain hunting than playing with the big boys in what they see as an overpriced, weak free-agent class.

Part of bargain hunting involves buying low and identifying those players who might benefit from a change of scenery.

Here are 10 players -- some prospects, some early in their big league careers -- who just might be the kind of player who sees his career bolstered by a new uniform:


Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox

The eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, Beckham was in the big leagues for good after just 59 minor league games. But all the promise he showed as an amateur and as a rookie seems like a distant memory as -- after sliding a bit in 2010 -- 2011 was a disaster that saw him stumble to the finish with an unacceptable batting line of .230/.296/.337.

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