George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have told the Braves that they’re interested in their top prospect, infielder Jose Peraza. They’re scouting him as well.
Peraza, who is playing second base for the Braves’ Triple-A club, is actually a natural shortstop. He’s got the keystone, however, due to the fact that the Braves have the best defensive shortstop in the free world in Andrelton Simmons. Peraza’s bat would play anywhere, of course, as he hit .339/.364/.441 across high-A and Double-A last season. This at age 20. He stole 60 bases last year as well and 64 in the Sally League the year before.
Why on earth the Braves would consider trading him is an utter mystery. And King does nothing to suggest that they’d be at all amenable to trading him. In light of that, I’d place this in the category of player coveting, which is a particularly New York thing. Kind of like when people used to ask why Brian Cashman hadn’t traded for Felix Hernandez yet because, obviously, everyone should want to give their best players to the Yankees.
I suppose that with the Yankees struggling that covetousness in the fan base and, by extension, the media which serves the fan base, will now start shifting from other teams’ stars to other teams’ prospects.