he untouchable: The Blue Man Group appears to have decided that lefty Clayton Kershaw is its main untouchable -- or perhaps "least touchable" -- prospect in trade talks. Kershaw -- who, like big leaguer Chad Billingsley, projects as a No. 1 starter -- has a plus fastball up to 96 and a two-plane hammer curveball that's one of the best in the minors. And he's left-handed. The Tigers almost took Kershaw in the first round of the 2006 draft when Andrew Miller fell to them, which turned out to be a boon for L.A.
The bait: The Dodgers have two middle-infield prospects who are blocked for 2008, shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and second baseman Tony Abreu. Hu is a defensive whiz with a short, contact-oriented swing; he's not likely to walk much or hit for any power, but should hit for enough average to be better than the Cesar Izturises of the world. He's a better player than Abreu, who has better tools but does less with them; he's a solid defensive second baseman who makes a lot of contact but doesn't square up the way Hu does, and he's positively allergic to the base-on-balls.
The sleeper: Reliever Jonathan Meloan has attracted some attention in trade talks, especially from stat-savvy clubs. He has an average fastball with a plus downer curve and a slider-cutter that also flashes plus, but his uphill delivery and small size have some clubs afraid he's a blowout risk.