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Who Is the Third Piece In a Johan Santana Trade To The Yankees?

With Johan Santana one 2nd-tier prospect away from becoming a New York Yankees, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has his Top 11 New York Yankees Prospects up.  At the top of the list is the one untouchable followed by the five players Jack Curry of the New York Times reported as unavailable from inclusion as the third piece.

After those six, Edwar Ramirez is the only one ready to earn the major league minimum salary.  I am not convinced SS Albert Gonzalez can hit enough to get the deal done, and I wonder how far away reliever Kevin Whelan was for Mr. Goldstein.  He is the prospect sleeper I am watching the most in an eventual deal.

Five-Star Prospects

1. Joba Chamberlain, RHP

Four-Star Prospects

  1. Ian Kennedy, RHP
  2. Austin Jackson, OF
  3. Jose Tabata, OF
  4. Alan Horne, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
  1. Dellin Betances, RHP
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Edwar Ramirez, RHP
  5. Kelvin DeLeon, OF
Two-Star Prospects

11. Humberto Sanchez, RHP