Still a Yankee for now

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

Randy Johnson remains in pinstripes for at least a few more hours.

The New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks went into Wednesday night haggling over players and financial details of a trade that would return the five-time Cy Young Award winner to the Diamondbacks, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

"They are still working on the players to be involved," the source said.

Two years after Johnson waived his no-trade clause (for the cost of a two-year, $32-million contract extension), the Yankees are determined to trade him away, and the Diamondbacks continue to be the frontrunners.

The San Diego Padres, who have made an offer for the 43-year-old Johnson, have not been told they are out, though the more ardent negotiations are between Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and his Diamondbacks counterpart, Josh Byrnes. Neither the Diamondbacks nor Padres formally has requested a window to negotiate a contract extension with Johnson's agent, Alan Nero.

The Padres have made David Wells, who will be 44 in May, their backup plan in a rotation that also will include Greg Maddux, who will be 41 in April.

Cashman has told both teams he would like to have a deal done by the end of this week. Cashman believes he is dealing from strength, given a rotation of Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Kei Igawa and Carl Pavano. The Yankees also believe they have the inside track on Roger Clemens.

Johnson won 103 games, four Cy Young Awards and a World Series in six seasons with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Yankees. Though he was 34-19 in two seasons in New York, his ERA ballooned to 5.00 last season, and in three postseason appearances for the Yankees he was 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA.

It is unknown if the Diamondbacks would grant Johnson an extension. He would join reigning Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb in the rotation, along with Livan Hernandez, Doug Davis and, probably, Juan Cruz.

Davis, the left-hander, was 11-11 last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. He came to the Diamondbacks along with left-hander Dana Eveland and outfielder Dave Krynzel in a November trade for catcher Johnny Estrada and pitchers Claudio Vargas and Greg Aquino.

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