Arizona reportedly signs Estes, too

PHOENIX -- Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez passed their
physical examinations on Monday, the last hurdle before they could
officially join the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Green was scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on

Meanwhile, general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. on Monday night
would not confirm a report that the team had signed pitcher
Shawn Estes to a one-year contract.

However, Garagiola said, "we may have something on that [Tuesday]."

The East Valley Tribune of Mesa reported on its Web site that
Estes, who lives in nearby Paradise Valley, signed a one-year
contract worth between $2.5 million and $3 million. The left-hander was 15-5
with a 5.84 ERA for the Colorado Rockies last
season. He also had been talking with the Washington Nationals, the
franchise transplanted from Montreal, but liked the idea of
pitching close to home.

Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick has said that Vazquez,
who had his best years with Montreal in the National League, will
be part of the Arizona rotation, despite speculation that he could
be traded.

The signing of Estes would leave Arizona with four experienced
starters in its rotation after the trade of Randy Johnson to the
New York Yankees -- Russ Ortiz, Vazquez, Estes and holdover
Brandon Webb.

The Diamondbacks had to complete the Johnson trade before
finalizing the deal that brings Green from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Los Angeles sends the left-handed slugger and $10 million to
Arizona in exchange for catching prospect Dioner Navarro and minor
league pitchers William Juarez, Danny Muegge and Beltran Perez.

The Yankees sent Vazquez, Navarro, pitcher Brad Halsey and $9
million to the Diamondbacks for five-time Cy Young winner Johnson.

Green, who is projected to play right field after spending much
of last season at first base, waived his no-trade clause after
agreeing to a three-year, $32 million contract with Arizona,
voiding the one year and $16 million he had remaining on his old
one. The new deal also has a no-trade clause, his agent Greg Genske said.

The latest moves leave the Diamondbacks with a vastly revamped
lineup from the team that lost 111 games last season. Free agents
signees fill three infield spots -- Troy Glaus at third base, Royce Clayton at shortstop and Craig Counsell at second.

The outfield has Luis Gonzalez in left and Green in right. The
next move will be at center field. The Diamondbacks reportedly have
interest in Eric Byrnes of the Oakland Athletics, who also could be
the leadoff hitter the club lacks.

Among the candidates to be traded by Arizona are first
baseman/third baseman Shea Hillenbrand, who is
arbitration-eligible, and infielder Alex Cintron.

Earlier Monday, the Diamondbacks traded left-handed reliever
Stephen Randolph to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.