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FIRST DEGREE: On May 29, 1997, the Yankees
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FIRST DEGREE: On May 29, 1997, the Yankees acquired Hideki Irabu as part of a previous deal from the month before with the San Diego Padres that included a player to be named later(Credit: AP )

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Six degrees of Nick Swisher

After the 2008 season, Yankees GM Brian Cashman traded utilityman Wilson Betemit for outfielder Nick Swisher, arguably one of his best trades. But the path for the Yankees to add Nick Swisher started way back in 1997. Here’s that journey. Compiled by Matt Saur