SAN FRANCISCO -- Randy Johnson's future remained uncertain
Friday night, with his agent and the Yankees downplaying a report
that the Arizona ace could soon be traded to New York.
And the five-time Cy Young Award winner has no interest in
participating in the speculation.
"I'm not going to comment on any of that stuff," Johnson said
after taking the loss in San Francisco's 8-3 victory over the
Diamondbacks. "Eventually, I will just stop talking to the press.
"I haven't been approached by the Diamondbacks yet. They don't
have a trade in place yet. I haven't been asked to waive my
no-trade clause. Don't ask again, and that's the nicest way I will
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke to the Diamondbacks
earlier this week and was told Johnson was not available, one New
York official said on the condition of anonymity.
In addition, Johnson's agent discounted the rumor. The Big Unit
has a no-trade clause in his contract, which extends through 2005.
"No one has asked us to waive the no-trade," Barry Meister
said. "There are no trade discussions going on. I think it's just
pathetic by the media."
The New York Daily News quoted an anonymous source close to
Johnson who said the 40-year-old left-hander would waive his
no-trade clause to move from the last-place Diamondbacks to a
contender -- possibly the Yankees, who have openly coveted
baseball's best strikeout pitcher.
Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. previously has said he
wants to keep Johnson, a Bay Area native who lives in the Phoenix
"(The media) had me going to San Francisco, because I grew up
there," Johnson said. "Then it was Anaheim, because I have a home
there. Write something that's true. If it happens, it happens."
Johnson was 10-6 with a 2.90 ERA entering his start against the
Giants. The five-time Cy Young Award winner earned his 10th trip to
the All-Star game last week, but the Diamondbacks have been one of
baseball's worst teams this season.
He threw a perfect game earlier this season against the Atlanta
Braves. Johnson also got his 4,000th strikeout last month against
San Diego, becoming just the fourth pitcher to reach the milestone.
Johnson pitched only five innings against the Giants on Friday
night and left trailing 6-3. He allowed six hits and three walks,
striking out six -- but San Francisco jumped ahead when Luis
Gonzalez dropped Edgardo Alfonzo's bases-loaded liner to left in
the fifth. Three runs eventually scored.