Well, you've done it now, Cubs. After the Matt Garza/Fernando Perez trade (a trade in which the Cubs sent young prospects Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, and Chris Archer to the Rays; oh yeah, and Robinson Chirinos and Sam Fuld), the Cubs system plummeted down Baseball America's farm system rankings, dropping from #8 to #16.
Per MLB Trade Rumors:
Baseball America's annual farm system rankings are out, with a few changes from their 2011 Handbook due to the Matt Garza trade. The Rays' haul pushed them to #2 over the Braves, while the Cubs' losses knocked them from #8 to #16.Look, I like Matt Garza. I'm also a Rays fan, so I'm all about swapping players I like for players I like, but this trade has really hurt the Cubs long term sustainability.
I realize prospects are a crapshoot. But, you cannot win many raffles with only a few tickets. When the tickets are super cheap, horde them.