D-Backs to announce deal for Johnson Tuesday
The physical completes the trade that sends the Big Unit from the New York Yankees to the Diamondbacks.
Randy Johnson won four Cy Young awards with the Diamondbacks and helped Arizona win the World Series in 2001. But he wasn't the same pitcher with the Yankees the past two seasons. The D-Backs are hoping the Big Unit can return to his pre-2005 form. Randy Johnson since 1999:
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The Big Unit's best years were in Arizona, where he was 103-49 in six seasons and won four Cy Young Awards before going to the Yankees in a trade he sought in 2005.
After two difficult seasons in New York, Johnson returns to the Diamondbacks with a two-year, $26 million contract. The 43-year-old left-hander, who is waiving his no-trade clause, is being acquired for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor league right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez.
New York also agreed to pay $2 million of Johnson's salary this year. Because of the cash involved, the deal is subject to approval by commissioner Bud Selig.
Although the Diamondbacks made no comment on the physical, the team scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference in the home clubhouse at Chase Field. The news conference didn't mention Johnson by name, but Arizona already had confirmed agreements in principal with the Yankees last Thursday and with Johnson on Sunday, so the subject was clear.
At a news conference Monday in Yankee Stadium, new Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa said he felt "a great sadness" about the prospect of not being Johnson's teammate, but no added pressure because of the left-hander's impending departure.
"Regardless of who's here, there's going to be questions in our rotation," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "They're fair questions."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.