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SURVIVOR IN PINSTRIPES : YANKS WERE SMART NOT TRADING BERNIE
New York Post - New York, N.Y.
Author: King, George
Date: Feb 24, 2002
Start Page: 092
Section: Sports
Abstract (Document Summary)

It was just one of several trades that would have sent [Bernie Williams] packing. Since signing a seven-year deal worth $87.5 million following the 1998 season, trade rumors have ceased circulating around Williams. And when opening day arrives, Williams will control where he plays the rest of his career because he becomes a "10-and- 5" player. Anybody with 10 years in the big leagues and the last five with the same club can't be dealt without permission.

While the Tigers deal was the only one agreed to, it wasn't the only one discussed. In 1993 former GM Gene Michael and the Expos discussed Larry Walker. Michael also talked to the Indians about Kenny Lofton when Lofton was the better player. [Bob Watson] again tried to move Williams in late November of 1997, this time to the Cubs for Lance Johnson.

It wasn't so long ago that Williams was the Yankees' best player. Then Derek Jeter wore that cap. Now here comes Jason Giambi. And all the while Williams glides in under the radar.

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