Several days ago Jeff Wren reported that the Yankees were sending a scout to Gwinnett to see the Braves top position player prospect, Jose Peraza.
— Jeff Wren (@MLBGrapevine) April 14, 2015
The N.Y. Post is also reporting the Yankees interest in him. That article hints at a possible return for Peraza:
While the Yankees aren’t likely to surrender top pitching prospect Luis Severino, they could put together a two-player package that might include catcher Gary Sanchez, who has been passed in the organization’s pecking order by John Ryan Murphy.
The more likely target for the Braves would be Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge. The Braves have a lack of power-hitting corner outfield prospects in the high minors, and Judge is one that could be ready in the next year or two. Baseball America ranks Judge the No. 53 prospect in the minors, while Peraza is right behind him at No. 54. A one-for-one swap of those two prospects would make sense, though it’s unknown if the Yankees are open to trading Judge.
While Peraza has been talked up a lot this offseason as the next big prospect for the Braves, Jace Peterson has endeared himself to the Atlanta staff enough that he will be given every opportunity to establish himself as the team’s full time second baseman this season.
Peraza is also made more available in a trade because of Ozhaino Albies, a young middle infielder from Curacao, currently playing at Rome. Many believe that he could be ready in a hurry. Atlanta has further depth at second base with Elmer Reyes and Daniel Castro.
Currently the Yankees are just exploring options and checking in with teams in order to find the best fit. They are the pursuer in this rumor. Braves may overvalue Peraza just a bit, making a one-for-one hard to pull off. With all the buildup this offseason, they may also feel they need to get a lot in return for him.