In need of starting pitching -- and a marquee name that will draw more fans -- the Diamondbacks have offered a package of at least three players, including a major-leaguer. They would also want a 72-hour window to negotiate an extension with Johnson, who is owed $16 million in the final year of his contract. The Yankees, according to the official, don't want to pick up any of Johnson's salary.
Does it strike anyone else as slightly insane that the Diamondbacks want to negotiate an extension with a 43-year-old pitcher, even if it is Randy Johnson?
If this deal happens, their "marquee name" will probably end up pulling a Bill Mueller and serve out his contract in the front office.