The Yankees are lucky that they never traded their eventual star second baseman Robinson Cano because they certainly tried.
They tried trading him to the Reds, White Sox, Rangers, Royals, Braves, and Diamondbacks (and probably quite a few others) while he was in the minors. They even considered sending him to the Dodgers after he was in the bigs.
It sounds obscene, but it’s true. You can read a great summary of how it all (almost) went down thanks to William over at the great Yankees blog, The Captain’s Blog. He does an amazing job explaining the situation and showing that sometimes, the best trades are the ones that teams don’t make.
We’ve seen that recently in the Yankees non-trade for Johan Santana (the Yankees held on to parts that helped them win the 2009 World Series) and hopefully we’ll be talking about the same thing with Jesus Montero one day.
For now you should check out The Captain’s Blog‘s story about how the Yankees got lucky by failing to trade Cano.