The deal included three Yankees prospects—Brandon Laird, Zoilo Almonte and Dellin Betances.
Notice Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos are not included.
Including Betances was a deal-breaker for some—there was simply no way they would trade a "top prospect," even in exchange for established major league talent.
While I am not a proponent of reverting back to the heyday of George Steinbrenner that saw him trade off prospects at a pace that resembled Usain Bolt running the 100-yard dash, sometimes it is better to trade a prospect while his perceived value is high rather than to wait until he becomes exposed in the major leagues.
Lets take a look back at the Yankees' top-10 prospects every year since 2001 and see who lived up to the hype of being labeled a "top prospect."
All Top 10 lists are courtesy of Baseball America—you may need a premium subscription to their service to view the detailed lists on their site.