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    Thursday, December 30, 2004

    Done and Done: Johnson Heads to NY

    The "Big Unit" wanted the Big
    Apple. It appears to have finally reached fruition.

    ESPN is reporting that the New York Yankees have acquired
    five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson from the Arizona
    Diamondbacks for pitcher Javier Vazquez, prospects and cash.

    According to ESPN, paperwork needs to be submitted to the
    commissioner's office before the trade is finalized.

    On December 17, the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Los Angeles
    Dodgers were working on a three-way deal which would have sent
    the 41-year-old Johnson and pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii to New York,
    outfielder Shawn Green and pitcher Brad Penny to Arizona and
    Vazquez and prospects to Los Angeles. However, the Dodgers
    backed out at the last minute.

    Yankees president Randy Levine and Arizona's incoming chief
    executive officer Jeff Moorad resumed trade talks after
    Christmas without involving a third party and apparently reached
    an agreement.

    The Diamondbacks wanted money to offset the difference in
    Johnson's $16 million salary and the $35.5 million owed to
    Vazquez over the next three seasons.

    According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees will sign
    Johnson to a two-year extension for another $32 million.


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