The physical completes the trade that sends the Big Unit from the New York Yankees to the Diamondbacks.
The Big Unit's best years
were in Arizona, where he was 103-49 in six seasons and won four Cy
Young Awards before going to the Yankees in a trade he sought in
After two difficult seasons in New York, Johnson returns to the
Diamondbacks with a two-year, $26 million contract. The 43-year-old
left-hander, who is waiving his no-trade clause, is being acquired
for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor league
right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and shortstop
New York also agreed to pay $2 million of Johnson's salary this
year. Because of the cash involved, the deal is subject to approval
by commissioner Bud Selig.
Although the Diamondbacks made no comment on the physical, the
team scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference in the home clubhouse
at Chase Field. The news conference didn't mention Johnson by name,
but Arizona already had confirmed agreements in principal with the
Yankees last Thursday and with Johnson on Sunday, so the subject
At a news conference Monday in Yankee Stadium, new Yankees
pitcher Kei Igawa said he felt "a great sadness" about the
prospect of not being Johnson's teammate, but no added pressure
because of the left-hander's impending departure.
"Regardless of who's here, there's going to be questions in our
rotation," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "They're
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.