The Arizona Diamondbacks made the biggest headlines at the July 31 trade deadline by doing nothing with their future Hall-of-Fame starter.
Johnson was sought after by several teams, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles and Anaheim. He was rumored to have vetoed a deal, asked for a contract extension and given Arizona a list of places he would go.
However, none of those scenarios turned out to be true, and Johnson seemed irritated by all the speculation.
“No one in the front office came to me and said ‘this is what we have on the table: Would you like to go here or not?”’ he said. “That never happened yesterday, it never happened today and I never vetoed any trade.
“I wasn’t shocked one way or the other. I didn’t say I wanted to leave. I didn’t give a list of teams like a lot of you said I did.”
Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner, leads the majors with 180 strikeouts and threw a perfect game against Atlanta on May 18. However, the hard-throwing left-hander is 0-3 despite a stellar 2.38 ERA over his last five starts. In the two games he didn’t receive decisions, he didn’t allow a run.
The Diamondbacks beat the Marlins 5-3 on Tuesday, snapping a team-record 11-game home losing streak. Danny Bautista hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Shea Hillenbrand also homered for Arizona, which won for just the third time in its last 22 overall.