Cashman was right to pass on Cliff Lee

Though Lee might beat the Yanks in October, the Mariners asked for too much in July

Updated: October 14, 2010, 7:08 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Brian Cashman could have gone for it on Cliff Lee, the same way he could have gone for it on Johan Santana. Cashman could have made a bad deal and hid behind the mission statement of his employer, the New York Yankees, who subscribe to this simple article of postseason faith:

You either win it all, or acknowledge the season as an unmitigated bust.

Cashman had a July deal with Seattle for Lee, until the Mariners decided a Yankees prospect in the trade, David ...

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