PHOENIX -- Arizona and Shawn Green reached an agreement in
principle Sunday night on a three-year, $32 million contract that
would clear the way for the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger to waive
his no-trade clause and be dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Green will come to Phoenix for a physical on Monday,
Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick said.
The deal will give Green a $2 million signing bonus, $10.5
million this year, $8 million in 2006 and $9.5 million in 2007. The
agreement includes a mutual option for a fourth year, with a $2
million buyout should the Diamondbacks decide not to retain Green.
The deal was reached about four hours before the 48-hour window
to negotiate granted by Major League Baseball was to end at 1 a.m.
Green's agreement to waive his no-trade clause would pave the
way for a trade that would send him and $10 million from the
Dodgers to the Diamondbacks for four minor league players,
including catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitcher William
Green had been due $16 million for next season, the final year
of his contract, but agreed to restructure it with the
The Dodgers need to complete the trade to sign World Series hero
Derek Lowe, who has agreed in principal to a four-year contract
worth about $36 million.
The Diamondbacks also get pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad
Halsey, along with $9 million, from the Yankees.
"Our view of this is that we effectively traded Randy Johnson
for Vazquez, Halsey, Shawn Green and $19 million," Kendrick said.
Arizona and Los Angeles have made three stabs at trading Green.
The first one fell apart when a 10-player, three-team megadeal
involving the Yankees collapsed. A second attempt failed when the
Diamondbacks and Green could not agree on a contract in an earlier
48-hour negotiating window granted by the MLB.
The second try was more fruitful because the Dodgers upped their
cash contribution from $8 million to $10 million in exchange for
getting two more minor league players.
Green had expressed his desire to end his career with the
Dodgers, but the team's' repeated attempts to trade him had made
him willing to listen to the Diamondbacks offer.
Green, 32, would play right field for Arizona, Kendrick has
said. The left-handed batter hit 49 home runs for the Dodgers in
2001 and 42 in 2002, but his power dropped off significantly the
past two seasons.
He did, however, hit 18 home runs with 45 RBI after the
All-Star break last season to help the Dodgers win the NL West
Arizona lost 111 games last season, but the ownership group that
took over a year ago had vowed to try to build a contender in a
hurry. The Diamondbacks have signed free agent third baseman Troy Glaus and pitcher Russ Ortiz.
The Diamondbacks hired an outside negotiator, Mark Rosenthal,
for the Green talks because Arizona's chairman Jeff Moorad used to
be Green's agent.