I stopped Brian Cashman outside of Field 3 this afternoon to ask a few questions about Mariano Rivera. As we chatted, he told me an interesting story.
During spring training in 1996, the Yankees weren’t convinced that Derek Jeter was ready to play shortstop. Prodded by Clyde King, George Steinbrenner decided the Yankees had to trade for Felix Fermin, who was with the Mariners at the time.
Seattle didn’t need him because they they had a 20-year-old kid named Alex Rodriguez playing shortstop.
The Mariners wanted either Mariano Rivera or Bob Wickman.
“It was a big fight and we were very close to doing it. Thank God we didn’t,” Cashman said.