Sunday, February 15, 2009

Yankees almost traded Mariano Rivera in 1996

That's according to Peter Abraham.

During the spring of 1996, when the Yankees weren't sure if young shortstop Derek Jeter was ready for the full-time gig, the team wanted to acquire Felix Fermin from the Seattle Mariners. They had no use for him now that Alex Rodriguez was ready for the big leagues.

The Mariners wanted either Bob Wickman or Mariano Rivera. The Yankees didn't pull the trigger and the rest, as they say, is history.

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1 comment:

Pip said...

Stories like this are awesome. As a Red Sox fan I can tell you that Rivera was one of the most important members of that ?Yankees Dynasty, and it would not have happened without him.