Yanks won't part with Wang, Cano

For once, the Yankees might actually pass on the compulsion to fire back in their war against the Red Sox, writes Buster Olney.

Updated: November 23, 2005, 2:29 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The departure of Theo Epstein was the topic of conversation between two Yankees executives recently, and they agreed: The flak over Epstein could come back and bite them in 2006, because the Red Sox's front office would go above and beyond to prove they could win without Epstein.

If Epstein had remained, the team would have continued on a more conservative and -- and in the long run, perhaps more effective -- route of player development, with the budget constraints hardened. But now the Red ...

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