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Yankees trade Benitez to Mariners for Nelson

Updated: August 7, 2003, 3:16 PM ET
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SEATTLE -- Just 2½ weeks after getting him, the New York Yankees traded Armando Benitez to the Seattle Mariners for fellow reliever Jeff Nelson in a surprising swap Wednesday between division leaders.

Nelson

Benitez

"It is definitely unusual, but we were both interested in improving ourselves,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "Hopefully we did that.''

The deal comes less than a week after the trade deadline. Each ...

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