Although Randy Johnson is still in Arizona, the Diamondbacks will still have to get used to playing without one of their stars.
Johnson, a five-time Cy Young award winner, was perhaps the biggest name on the market as Saturday’s trade deadline approached. The New York Yankees were reported to be especially interested in the flame-throwing left-hander, but, despite his apparent willingness to waive his no-trade clause to move to a contender, no deal was made.
“I wasn’t shocked one way or the other. I didn’t say I wanted to leave,” said Johnson, who pitched the 17th perfect game in baseball history on May 18 in Atlanta. “Nobody came to me about anything. No one has ever come to me. Nothing ever transpired.”
However, the Diamondbacks did send Finley and catcher Brent Mayne to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for three prospects—catcher Koyie Hill, left-hander Bill Murphy and outfielder Reggie Abercrombie.
“I want to thank the Diamondbacks for 5 1/2 years, probably the best 5 1/2 years of my playing career,” Finley said. “We were successful and won a World Series. I’m thankful they’ve given me an opportunity to possibly win another ring.”
Finley, who came to Arizona in 1999, is batting .275 with 23 homers and 48 RBIs this season. He won two gold gloves with the Diamondbacks and was part of the team that, along with Johnson and Curt Schilling, won Arizona’s only World Series championship in 2001.
“Steve Finley will be synonymous with the success our franchise enjoyed from the outset and we will be forever indebted to him for what he brought to the field, the clubhouse and our community over his five-plus seasons,” general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said.
Hill hit .286 in 91 games for Triple-A Las Vegas and will be added to the major league roster as soon as possible.
Murphy went 6-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 20 starts for Double-A Carolina before he was shipped from the Marlins to the Dodgers on Friday. Abercrombie has played for both Double-A Jacksonville and Class A Vero Beach this season.
The Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 8-4 Saturday for their eighth win in 11 games. Preston Wilson went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Colorado, which has won five straight and seven of nine over Arizona.
Scott Hairston homered and tripled for the Diamondbacks, who had three errors and lost for the 15th time in 17 games.
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