L.A. getting catcher Navarro in deal

Updated: January 10, 2005, 1:23 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Arizona and Shawn Green reached an agreement in principle Sunday night on a three-year, $32 million contract that would clear the way for the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger to waive his no-trade clause and be dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Green will come to Phoenix for a physical on Monday, Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick said.

The deal will give Green a $2 million signing bonus, $10.5 million this year, $8 million in 2006 and $9.5 million in 2007. The agreement includes a mutual option for a fourth year, with a $2 million buyout should the Diamondbacks decide not to retain Green.

The deal was reached about four hours before the 48-hour window to negotiate granted by Major League Baseball was to end at 1 a.m.

Green's agreement to waive his no-trade clause would pave the way for a trade that would send him and $10 million from the Dodgers to the Diamondbacks for four minor league players, including catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitcher William Juarez.

Green had been due $16 million for next season, the final year of his contract, but agreed to restructure it with the Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers need to complete the trade to sign World Series hero Derek Lowe, who has agreed in principal to a four-year contract worth about $36 million.

Navarro is to come to the Diamondbacks as part of the trade of Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees. That deal is expected to become official once the players involved pass physicals on Monday.

The Diamondbacks also get pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, along with $9 million, from the Yankees.

"Our view of this is that we effectively traded Randy Johnson for Vazquez, Halsey, Shawn Green and $19 million," Kendrick said.

Arizona and Los Angeles have made three stabs at trading Green. The first one fell apart when a 10-player, three-team megadeal involving the Yankees collapsed. A second attempt failed when the Diamondbacks and Green could not agree on a contract in an earlier 48-hour negotiating window granted by the MLB.

The second try was more fruitful because the Dodgers upped their cash contribution from $8 million to $10 million in exchange for getting two more minor league players.

Green had expressed his desire to end his career with the Dodgers, but the team's' repeated attempts to trade him had made him willing to listen to the Diamondbacks offer.

Green, 32, would play right field for Arizona, Kendrick has 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 RBI after the All-Star break last season to help the Dodgers win the NL West title.

Arizona lost 111 games last season, but the ownership group that took over a year ago had vowed to try to build a contender in a hurry. The Diamondbacks have signed free agent third baseman Troy Glaus and pitcher Russ Ortiz.

The Diamondbacks hired an outside negotiator, Mark Rosenthal, for the Green talks because Arizona's chairman Jeff Moorad used to be Green's agent.

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