Yankees GM: Pirates trade was tough

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- From the point of view of the New York Yankees, the trade of four minor leaguers for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte was one that would not have been made in the spring, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

"We gave up a lot. It would have been way too much to give up in spring training," said Cashman, who was on hand yesterday for the induction of Rich Gossage into the Hall of Fame. "As those players got better during the season, the price tag increased."

Cashman said the Yankees parted with a future starting right fielder in Jose Tabata; a pitcher in Ross Ohlendorf who can be a closer, a set-up man or even a starter; a pitcher in Jeff Karstens who is going into the Pirates' rotation and a pitching prospect in Daniel McCutcheon.

"It was a hard trade to do. This wasn't a one-and-done conversation," Cashman said. "When I have buyer's remorse right away, I know it was a tough deal to do. It hurt."


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