D'backs want Johnson back?

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sportsaholic

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In the past week the Arizona Diamondbacks have offered a package of players to the New York Yankees in exchange for Randy Johnson, a baseball official said.

In need of starting pitching -- and a marquee name that will draw more fans -- the Diamondbacks have offered a package of at least three players, including a major-leaguer. They would also want a 72-hour window to negotiate an extension with Johnson, who is owed $16 million in the final year of his contract. The Yankees, according to the official, don't want to pick up any of Johnson's salary.

Johnson, 43, spent six seasons with Arizona and won four Cy Young Awards before being traded to New York in January 2005. At the time, Arizona was looking to shed payroll and bring in more youth.

Johnson had a full no-trade clause back then, as he does now. And it's believed that if the Yankees were to move him, Johnson would prefer to be closer to his Arizona home.

According to Johnson's agent, Alan Nero, the left-hander has not requested a trade.

"Randy would listen if the Yankees brought something to him," Nero said. "But that has not happened. I don't know what they're doing. It's still speculation as far as we're concerned."

The official said the San Diego Padres are also involved in trade discussions. It's believed that right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink could be the centerpiece of a deal.

If he returns to Arizona, Johnson, with 280 career wins, could get No. 300 as a Diamondback. If he goes to San Diego, he'd join 333-game winner Greg Maddux in the rotation. That is, if he stays healthy. Johnson had back surgery this offseason and it's unknown whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2708203

I guess the D'backs want him back!
 

Hoosier_Daddy

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Even though the Yuckees have darn near an unlimited amount of capitol to work with to pay the outlandish salaries they do, it's a heck of a lot to pay $16 million for a near washed up, mediocre pitcher. He never really lived up to the expectations the Yucks had for him, so to me this comes as no surprise.


Hoosier.
 
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sportsaholic

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Well, I think the D'backs want him to bring fans in to Chase Field. I don't think they expect him to make a difference.
 
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Rickster

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As a Yankees fan, I'm glad he's gone. It's good the Yankees, his own legacy, and frees more money. I don't get why the D-Backs would spend $16M on him. Aren't they supposedly trying to rebuild a team? They've got a top 3 farm system and players are ready to come up. If they want veteran leadership, they've got Webb and Livan Hernandez. Seems like a waste of money to me.
 

Hoosier_Daddy

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As a Yankees fan, I'm glad he's gone. It's good the Yankees, his own legacy, and frees more money. I don't get why the D-Backs would spend $16M on him. Aren't they supposedly trying to rebuild a team? They've got a top 3 farm system and players are ready to come up. If they want veteran leadership, they've got Webb and Livan Hernandez. Seems like a waste of money to me.

There's always a chance they're wanting to see future Hall of Famer retire as a Diamond Back. From what I understand it's a two year deal with $14 million a year, but it's laden with incentive clauses.


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TheSportsGuy

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I guess it's a decent way to make for Arizona for all the history that they want to build to thear team with a little extra "prestige" but it just still seems asinine to me to take old ass Johnson back. He can't pitch at all anymore.
 

Babe_Ruth

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Johnson is still a good pitcher, and I think he'll probably finish around 14-10 this year, and will miss some starts with some sort of injury. I think the Diamondbacks have a lot of good young players on that team, and they have the reigning Cy Young in Webb, now with the addition of Johnson they have a chance to make some noise in the National League.