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How the Yankees were built
10/02/2004 10:23 PM ET
The core of the 2004 Yankees were team draft picks that rose through the minor league system. General manager Brian Cashman supplemented those players by signing, acquiring and claiming 14 players that were not on last season's roster. Here is how this year's team was built:

1985 • CF Bernie Williams signed as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 13.

1990 • C Jorge Posada drafted in the 24th round.
• RHP Mariano Rivera signed as a non-drafted free agent on Feb. 17.

1992 • SS Derek Jeter drafted in 1st round (6th overall).

1998 • RHP Orlando Hernandez signed as a free agent on March 7.

2000 • C Dioner Navarro signed as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 21.
• RHP Mike Mussina signed as a free agent on Nov. 30.

2001 • INF Enrique Wilson was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for LHP Damaso Marte on June 13.
• RHP Steve Karsay signed as a free agent on Dec. 7.
• 1B Jason Giambi signed as a free agent on Dec. 13.

2002 • LHP Brad Halsey drafted in the eighth round.

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2003 • RHP Bret Prinz was acquired from Arizona, along with OF David Dellucci and C Jon Sprowl, in exchange for cash considerations and OF Raul Mondesi on July 29.
• OF Hideki Matsui signed as a free agent Jan. 14.
• C John Flaherty signed on Jan. 16.
• RHP Jon Lieber signed on Jan. 24.
• INF Andy Phillips signed on March 5.
• OF Ruben Sierra was acquired from Texas in exchange for OF Marcus Thames on June 6.
• RHP Scott Proctor and OF Bubba Crosby were acquired from Los Angeles in exchange for 3B Robin Ventura on July 31.
• LHP Felix Heredia was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Aug. 26.
• RHP Kevin Brown was acquired from Los Angeles for RHP Jeff Weaver, Minor League P Yhency Brazoban, a player to be named and cash considerations on Dec. 13.
• RHP Javier Vazquez was aqcuired from Montreal in exchange for 1B Nick Johnson, OF Juan Rivera and LHP Randy Choate on Dec. 16.
• OF Gary Sheffield signed as a free agent on Dec. 17.
• 2B Miguel Cairo signed as a free agent on Dec. 19.
• RHP Paul Quantrill signed as a free agent on Dec. 22.
• OF Kenny Lofton signed as a free agent on Dec. 23.
• RHP Tom Gordon signed as a free agent on Dec. 23.

2004 • 1B Tony Clark signed as a free agent on Jan. 12.
• INF Felix Escalona signed to a minor league contract on Feb. 5.
• 3B Alex Rodriguez acquired from Texas in exchange for 2B Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later on Feb. 16.
• RHP Tanyon Sturtze was acquired from Los Angeles for a player to be named later on May 15.
• LHP C.J. Nitkowski was signed to a Minor League contract on June 28.
• RHP Esteban Loaiza aqcuired from Chicago White Sox for RHP Jose Contreras and cash considerations on July 31.
• 1B John Olerud signed on Aug. 3.

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