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BASEBALL Selig approves Johnson trade



Published: Tue, January 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Yankees now have 72 hours to reach a contract extension.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig gave his blessing Monday to a trade that will send Randy Johnson to the Yankees, making a contract extension the last major obstacle to be resolved in the drawn-out Arizona-New York swap.

New York was given a 72-hour window to come to terms with the five-time Cy Young Award winner. Johnson's current deal pays him $16 million in 2005 and expires after this season.

The Diamondbacks would receive pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, young catcher Dioner Navarro and $9 million to be paid over three years.

Arizona also agreed Monday to a proposed trade that would send Navarro and other prospects to the Dodgers for Shawn Green and $8 million.

The outfielder was part of a three-team, 10-player swap involving Johnson and the Yankees that collapsed Dec. 21 when Los Angeles backed out.

Selig granted the Diamondbacks a window to work out an extension for Green, who will make $16 million this year, then can become a free agent.

The windows for both trades will begin Tuesday and end at noon Friday, Kendrick said.

"There are obviously two separate transactions, and each has a variety of conditions that need to be met," Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said.

"It starts a window of time wherein contractual matters need to be resolved, between the Yankees and Randy, and us and Randy, and us and Shawn Green.

"And then, finally, a whole array of physical exams need to take place, because of the number of players involved."

Player stats

Johnson, a 41-year-old left-hander, was 16-14 last season on a Diamondbacks team that went 51-111, tied for the 10th-most losses in major league history. He led the majors with 290 strikeouts, was second with a 2.60 ERA and pitched a perfect game against Atlanta, but the Diamondbacks scored two runs or fewer in 17 of his 35 starts.

Vazquez, a 28-year-old right-hander, was 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA for the Yankees. While he was picked for his first All-Star team, he won just once in his last nine regular season starts and had a 9.53 ERA in three postseason games.

New York is giving Arizona $3 million in each of the next three seasons to cover part of Vazquez's salary. He gets $10.5 million in 2005, $11.5 million in 2006 and $12.5 million in 2007.

While completing the trade for Johnson, a 10-time All-Star, New York also is turning its attention this week to Carlos Beltran. The free-agent center fielder is to meet Tuesday with Mets general manager Omar Minaya, and faces a Saturday deadline to re-sign with the Houston Astros.

Also, RHP Tanyon Sturtze, the only New York player eligible for salary arbitration, agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees him $1 million. He gets $850,000 this season, and the Yankees have a $1.5 million option for 2006 with a $150,000 buyout. Sturtze was 6-2 with a 5.47 ERA in three starts and 25 relief appearances last year and is looked at a fill-in starter behind Johnson, Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright.




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