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Why isn't Yu Darvish a Yankee?!

After Irabu and Igawa, Rangers' righty was gamble Cashman was unwilling to make

Updated: April 25, 2012, 12:04 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In his capacity as general manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman has to be part bookkeeper, part talent evaluator and part fortune-teller.

In the case of Yu Darvish, Cashman would have had to add another duty to his already-full job description: riverboat gambler.

Because a couple of years ago, he took a similar, although less expensive, gamble on a Japanese phenom pitcher named Kei Igawa.

The way that one turned out -- or, I should say, didn't turn ...

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