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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sports: Some Yankee News

The Yankees are taking offers for Randy Johnson, who if I were Brian Cashman, I would trade in a New York minute. The Dbacks have showed interested and made an offer, but the Padres have reportedly made a better offer for the Big Unit.
The San Diego Padres have made a more attractive offer for Randy Johnson than the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the Yankees will trade Johnson only if they consider it a good baseball move.

"Unless it's a deal (the Yankees) really want, there's not going to be a trade," said a baseball official familiar with the Yankees' plans, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of discussions.

According to the baseball official, Johnson -- who has a full no-trade clause -- asked the Yankees to look into moving him closer to his Phoenix-area home but did not demand a trade or indicate he would be unhappy to come back to New York for the final year of his contract. The Yankees then agreed to look into the possibility of trading him.

"There's no urgency," the official said, stressing it would not be a salary dump.

If the Yankees are succesful in trading Randy Johnson they will pursue Barry Zito.
While the Yankees continued engaging multiple teams in trade talks about Randy Johnson yesterday, they also came up with a possible option to replace him in their starting rotation: Barry Zito.

According to a baseball official familiar with the Yankees' thinking, if the Yanks are able to complete a trade involving Johnson - they have talked to the Diamondbacks and Padres, among others - they will investigate what it would take to sign Zito, the best starter left on the free-agent market.

If the Yankees' interest in Zito becomes serious, it would put them in direct competition with the Mets, who have been interested in the 28-year-old lefty all along.

I can't wait to see the bidding war between the Mets, Rangers, and Yankees for Barry Zito. I'm sure Scott Boras has already had multiple orgasms just thinking about it.


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