The New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers spent yesterday trying to put the finishing touches on the megadeal that would move All-Stars Randy Johnson...
NEW YORK The New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers spent yesterday trying to put the finishing touches on the megadeal that would move All-Stars Randy Johnson, Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez.
A day after the three teams put the major players in place, the clubs worked to resolve the issues holding up the potential trade money, mostly.
Even if there is an agreement to put Johnson in Yankees pinstripes, New York plans to ask for a 72-hour window to negotiate a contract extension with the Big Unit before completing the deal, a baseball source told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
The Yankees were willing to send Vazquez and top prospects Dioner Navarro and Eric Duncan to Los Angeles as a way to get Johnson. Los Angeles would deal Green and pitchers Brad Penny and Yhency Brazoban to the Diamondbacks.
“We’re at the point where we’ve decided the best thing we can do is have no comment,” Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said.
Johnson and Green each have no-trade clauses. While Johnson wants to play for the Yankees, Green might want to stay close to home in Southern California.
“I think Shawn always envisioned finishing his career with the Dodgers,” agent Greg Genske said. “But if a trade is put in place, he’s going to consider all of his options.”
At 41, former Mariner Johnson is owed $16 million in the last year of his contract. The five-time Cy Young winner has long caught the eye of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who spent the afternoon meeting with top club officials at Legends Field, their spring-training home in Tampa, Fla.
Green also is set to make $16 million, a year after slumping to .266 with 28 home runs and 86 runs batted in. The Diamondbacks might be in good position to lure the 31-year-old outfielder to the desert his former agent, Jeff Moorad, is Arizona’s new chief executive officer.
The Dodgers had a couple of issues to clear up, too. After losing free agents Adrian Beltre and Steve Finley, Los Angeles might be reluctant to trade away its best remaining power hitter.
Plus, there is a money matter: Vazquez is due $35.5 million over the next three years and the Dodgers might want the Yankees to pick up some of that cost, perhaps so much that the deal would need approval from the commissioner’s office.
What would be the biggest deal of the winter could expand. There was speculation St. Louis also might want to get involved.
Report: Pavano, Yankees agree
NEW YORK Pitcher Carl Pavano and the Yankees have finalized a deal that was set in motion at the winter meetings last weekend, reportedly agreeing on a four-year contract worth about $40 million.
The deal contains a fifth-year team option worth $15 million and a $2 million buyout should the option not be picked up, ESPN.com reported.
The Yankees are expected to introduce the former Florida right-hander at a news conference on Wednesday.
Martinez rips Red Sox
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Pitcher Pedro Martinez returned home and bashed the team he led to a World Series title. He knocked the Boston Red Sox for their front-office moves and negotiating tactics, and predicted a rough season awaits.
“They will field the best bad team in baseball history,” Martinez said at a news conference.
One day after he was introduced by the New York Mets who signed him to a four-year, $53 million contract Martinez criticized the Red Sox for firing key employees, including team doctor Bill Morgan.
The three-time Cy Young winner said the Mets “have shown more respect in days than Boston did in seven years.”
Shortstop Edgar Renteria, previously with St. Louis, passed a physical and signed a four-year contract worth a reported $40 million with Boston.
Two politicians who will have a significant say in whether the Montreal Expos move to Washington, D.C., plan to meet Monday to try to save the suddenly wobbly deal. Mayor Anthony Williams will meet with Linda Cropp, chair of the District of Columbia Council, who earlier this week introduced an amendment that could endanger the move.
Players agreeing to terms included outfielder Timo Perez with the Chicago White Sox, reliever Antonio Alfonseca with Florida and reliever Ray King with St. Louis.
Infielder Greg Colbrunn, a Mariner in 2003, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers and was invited to spring training.
Bobby Mattick, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980 and ’81 and helped develop the talent that produced five division titles and two World Series championships, died at 89.
Mattick died Thursday night after a stroke earlier in the day at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home.