It's very possible that Christmas could come early for the New York Yankees.
After that endless rumors ended on Tuesday and it was confirmed that Shohei Ohtani would be posted this off-season, the Yankee fan base has been celebrating since they are the favorites to sign the Japanese "Babe Ruth".
But, it appears the Yankees could be celebrating twice this winter.
Thanks to the misfortune of the Atlanta Braves, that lost 12 prospects and a draft pick after an MLB ruling, the Yankees could end up adding another top prospect to their already loaded farm system.
Here are all the details of the Braves harsh punishment:
The most important player on that 12 player list is the SS/3B Kevin Maitan, who was the Braves #5 prospect on what used to be the minor league system, and the Venezuelan will available to sign with any team he wants and there are some special rules that could help like the Yankees land the switch-hitter.
According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, teams will be able to use money from their 2018-2019 international pool money.
That will be very important, especially for the Yankees since they will be looking to sign Ohtani with their more than $3 million dollars from their 2017-2018 international money. That would leave all of the 2018-2019 money free and you can bet on it that the Yanks will be calling Maitan.
Maitan is a shortstop and third basemen that can switch hit and has shown power from both sides.
Yankees could even target Maitan as a "Plan B" to Shohei Ohtani.
Other teams that will be benefited from the "dip" in the 2018-2019 money will be the Dodgers, Cubs and Giants.
The 12 Braves prospects that are now free agents will be able to sign starting on December 5, during a special period that ends on January 15, 2018.
If a player has not signed by January 15, he can not receive a signing bonus from any team.
If a player has not signed by May 1 of 2018, he will have the option to re-agree with the Braves, but without a bonus.
Prospects are required to seek new representatives for this process, according to MLB.com.