29 Mar 2016
Buried deep in this story is a nugget about Jeffrey Loria and his love of Derek Jeter. In the late 90’s he ordered his GM to get Jeter no matter what. His GM called up Brian Cashman and offered Pedro Martinez and Vlad Guerrero. Brian Cashman replied that he couldn’t trade Jeter and that was that.
It’s delightful to think about what that trade would have meant to the Yankees. Vlad was one of the best outfielders in the game for about ten years. Pedro was apart from Randy Johnson, the most dominant pitcher of his generation. From a pure talent standpoint, the Yankees would win the trade.
But would they have won so often without Jeter? Who would have been the shortstop? Would Paul O’Neill have been traded or put in left field? Who knows, but it is fun to speculate.
UPDATE(6:37pm)- Greg provided this link in the comments section which shows that this story is a bunch of baloney. Sorry for getting anyone going on this, and thanks to Greg for setting the record straight.