Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Less than a day after news broke about Boston's pursuit of Johnson, a source in the D-Backs organization told ESPN's Peter Gammons the Big Unit will be traded to the Yankees sometime next week. The source reportedly told Gammons the Sox don't have the starting pitcher the D-Backs want (Bronson Arroyo was rumored to have been part of the deal), and neither do the Cardinals, leaving only the Bombers as a legitimate suitor. According to the source, Arizona either wants the Yankees to acquire another starting pitcher to include in the deal or agree to send setup man Tom Gordon along with Javier Vazquez. Third-base prospect Eric Duncan and around $4 million a year of Vazquez's contract.
Does this not make sense to you as well? It is being reported that the D-Backs want starting pitching in return for Randy Johnson, so why would they accept Gordon instead of requiring the MFY to acquire another starter to accompany Javy Vazquez and Eric Duncan to Zona. Even though it is not as hot of an issue as it has been in the past, Buddy Boy Selig doesn’t like trades involving large cash payments like $12 million, especially if Boy George is involved. I have a hard time believing this is a done deal at this point.