Originally posted on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 1/28/13
Somewhere out there, in a Yankiverse far far away - actually, a happier one - we never traded Juan Rivera.The fulcrum point to this Yankiverse is balanced on an event nine years ago: Dec. 16, 2003.  On the day before, Rivera is a highly regarded OF prospect - once ranked No. 1 in the organization by Baseball America - who missed much of the previous season after getting hurt while catching fungos in practice, a la Mariano. He is 24, and he hit 7 HRs in 174 ABs for the Yankees.On the day after, Cashman trades him to Montreal for Javier Vazquez.Allow me to speak freely here: UGH.We traded Rivera, Randy Choate and Nick Johnson for Vazquez. UGHHHH.It was one of Cashman's signature fantasy deals: Give up position prospects and a spare part for that stud pitcher entering his prime, the future superstar who will surely flourish in New York. The Jeff Weaver! The Denny Neagle! The Michael Pineda!Ugh.Vazquez goes down as the two-time Yankee disappointment, the pariah who surrendered the grand...
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