Players involved hinges on Unit deal
At the Dodgers' request, Commissioner Bug Selig on Monday gave Arizona only two days instead of the customary three to work out a contract extension for Green, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The window to negotiate an extension begins Tuesday at noon ET.
Selig's approval was necessary because the Dodgers would give the Diamondbacks $8 million as part of the transaction.
If the Johnson trade goes through as expected, the Yankees would send pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, along with catching prospect Dioner Navarro, to the Diamondbacks. Arizona also would get $9 million.
Navarro and pitching prospect William Juarez would go to the Dodgers as part of the Green trade, Kendrick confirmed.
If the Johnson trade falls apart, Arizona would send Juarez and 23-year-old catcher Chris Snyder to Los Angeles.
Green was one of 10 players involved in the proposed three-team megadeal involving the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Dodgers that fell apart last month.
Green's agent, Greg Genske, said that initially his client wanted to end his career with the Dodgers, but has changed his mind after it became obvious the franchise had other plans.
"Given that backdrop, Shawn understands that he has to consider what alternatives are available to him," Genske said. "With that said, he's eager to talk to the Diamondbacks and learn more about that opportunity."
Kendrick said he was confident a deal could be reached with Green.
"We wouldn't have done this if we weren't optimistic that we'd get it all complete," Kendrick said.
Green is to receive $16 million next season, the final year of a contract that was negotiated by his then-agent Jeff Moorad. Moorad is currently the chairman of the Diamondbacks, although his status has yet to be approved by major league owners.
Green, 32, would play right field for Arizona, Kendrick said. The left-handed batter hit 49 home runs for the Dodgers in 2001 and 42 in 2002, but his power dropped off significantly the past two seasons.
He did, however, hit 18 home runs with 45 RBIs after the All-Star break last season to help the Dodgers win the NL West title.
Green has a no-trade clause and has indicated he hoped to end his career with the Dodgers. But the team's obvious desire to get rid of him could make him welcome a deal to Arizona.
The Diamondbacks lost 111 games last season, but the new ownership group that took over a year ago has vowed to work to make the team a contender in a hurry. Arizona has signed free-agent third baseman Troy Glaus and pitcher Russ Ortiz.
Kendrick brushed aside rumors that the Diamondbacks were looking to trade Vazquez, who returns to the National League, where he was most successful as a member of the Montreal Expos.
"Our view of Vazquez is we're delighted to have him on the team," Kendrick said.
Vazquez fired Moorad as his agent after twice losing in arbitration, but Kendrick said he doesn't believe that history would be a deterrent to the right-hander's performance for the Diamondbacks.
Vazquez, 28, was 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA last season. While he was picked for his first All-Star team, he won just once in his last nine regular-season starts and had a 9.53 ERA in three postseason games.
The $9 million being sent to Arizona by New York over a three-year period would offset some of the $34.5 million Vazquez is due during that period.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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