One of Brian Cashman’s best trades came June 29, 2000 when he dealt three prospects to Cleveland for David Justice. The outfielder was with the Yankees for only parts of two seasons, but drove in 17 runs in postseason games.
And Justice helped the Yankees get Nick Swisher, believe it or not. Follow the trail of trades:
Dec. 7, 2001: Justice traded to the Mets for Robin Ventura.
July 31, 2003: Ventura traded to the Dodgers for Scott Proctor and Bubba Crosby.
July 31, 2007: Proctor traded back to the Dodgers for Wilson Betemit.
Nov. 13, 2008: Betemit traded to the White Sox for Swisher as part of a five-player deal.
26 home runs and 77 RBI later, Cashman is a genius again. Plus this can only mean Swisher will start dating Halle Berry when the Yankees win the World Series.
(Full disclosure: I’m not nearly smart enough to come up with this on my own. A friend mentioned it to me last night after the game. Seemed interesting enough to post.)
UPDATE, 12:49 p.m.: But wait, it gets even better. Thanks to Thomas, a reader who posted, here is how Ruben Rivera led to Nick Swisher:
April 22, 1997: Rivera was traded with Rafael Medina and $3 million to the Padres for Gordon Amerson, Homer Bush, Hideki Irabu and Vernon Maxwel.
December 22, 1999: Irabu was traded to Montreal for Jake Westbrook, one of the prospects used to obtain Justice.
So a trade that happened 12 years ago leads back to Nick Swisher winning the game last night. Pretty good.
UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: Tyler Kepner, who actually is a smart guy, figured this all out back in April. But it’s still fun to look at all the steps.