Thursday, January 04, 2007

"Tentative Agreement" Reached In Johnson Trade

From "Yankees have tentative deal to send Unit to D-Backs" at
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a trade that would send Randy Johnson to Arizona, a move that allows the Big Unit's agents to get him a contract extension.

The teams informed the commissioner's office of the specifics of the trade, a baseball official told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Arizona would send pitcher Luis Vizcaino to the Yankees along with minor league pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez, another baseball official said, also on condition of anonymity. The Yankees also might receive another minor league pitcher, the official said, and would pay between $1.5 million and $2 million of Johnson's $16 million salary this year.

A source told's Jayson Stark the unidentified minor league pitcher was Steven Jackson.