Found March 10, 2013 on NESN.com:
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The Yankees won the World Series in 1996, but it wasn’t before the team came close to making a move that would have significantly altered New York’s future. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman retold a story to the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand recently. Apparently, the Bronx Bombers came close to trading away legendary closer Mariano Rivera during spring training in 1996. “Yeah, it was close,” Cashman reportedly said. “The spring of ’96, he’d pitched in the playoffs for us. We were going to go with a young shortstop that turned out to be Derek Jeter. Derek wasn’t having a good spring training. There were some people in [former Yankees owner] George [Steinbrenner's] circle that raised concern about whether Jeter was going to be ready or not. Tony Fernandez got hurt. Pat Kelly got hurt. We didn’t really have any alternatives if Jeter failed as a rookie, so the Mariners came knocking on our door because they had Felix Fermin they wanted to move and they wanted either Marian...
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