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Per Rotoworld and the Post.

Love Betemit but not sure Atlanta should settle for Proctor.

Proctor is more important to Yanks fortunes this year than Betemit unless Cano is in a deal somewhere.


Jorge Posada, who won't start today, needs seven more starts behind the plate for his $12 million option to kick in for next year. And since there is a $4 million player option for 2008, there is $16 million guaranteed.

The Yankees are reportedly interested in Wilson Betemit.

The New York Post reports that Scott Proctor may have been offered to Atlanta, which seems like an awful deal for the Braves. It's unclear where Betemit would find at-bats once Robinson Cano (hamstring) returns. Jul. 26 - 10:45 am et

Source: New York Post

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The Post has learned the Yankees and Braves have held discussions about the Yankees acquiring switch-hitting infielder Wilson Betemit and may be willing to give up reliever Scott Proctor.

Betemit has filled in well for Chipper Jones at third base, but the Braves believe their best way to cop the NL wild card is to improve their bullpen. And like a lot of NL clubs, the Phillies included, they like Proctor's live arm.

"They have a lot of teams asking for Betemit," an NL source said of the Braves. "And some of them have more experienced players to offer than the Yankees."

Betemit was hitting .290 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 85 games going into last night.

"He is a [Placido] Polanco-type hitter with more pop," a scout said of Betemit, a career .284 hitter with 13 homers and 52 RBIs in 230 games.

Though the Braves believe Betemit is a player capable of contributing, they don't have a starting job for the infielder who turns 26 on Friday.

The Yankees view Betemit as the ultimate utility man who can play second base in Robinson Cano's absence. Cano, who has missed a month due to a hamstring problem, is at least two weeks away and could be out longer.

Getting Betemit would allow the Yankees to entertain trade offers for Cano during the offseason, when they will be in the market for pitching.

The Braves also like Columbus (Triple-A) lefty reliever Matt Smith and righty T.J. Beam, who was recalled by the Yankees on Monday.

Betemit had started 25 games at third base, 10 at shortstop and nine at second base for the Braves. Some talent evaluators believe the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder is athletic enough to play the outfield, though he hadn't played there in the big leagues.

Talks between the clubs began when the Braves were in The Bronx late last month and have intensified in recent days.

The Yankees are dancing with danger by surrendering Proctor, who has been lights-out since the All-Star break. In his past six appearances (seven innings) before last night's game against the Rangers, Proctor hadn't given up a run, surrendered three singles and fanned eight. Removing Proctor from the bullpen mix would hurt, but the Yankees need a jolt in their lineup that isn't getting power from the corner outfield spots or first base when Andy Phillips is there.

3 things I have to say:

1. Cant trade Proctor

2. Wilson Betemit is much more than a utility man. He will be a star in the big leagues.

3. George King seems to have a bad rap about trade rumors, always wrong it seems.

I would love to grab Betemit on this team. I wonder if he could play some outfield......he is definetly a very good player in the making, so I cant see the braves trading him.

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