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How could the Yanks make this deal now?


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 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.

There's no way the Yanks could trade Proctor without getting pitching in return. I'm telling you scouts like Yankee prospects better than you think.

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

Both those pitchers have impressed me. It's getting interesting...