MSNBC is reporting that the 3 team, 10 player trade that would’ve sent Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees, is very much back to the drawing board, as one of the key participants, LA’s Paul DePodesta, has pulled out of the deal.
Had the trade been finalized, New York would received Johnson from Arizona and pitcher Kaz Ishii from Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks were to obtain OF Shawn Green, and hurlers Yhency Brazoban and Brandon Weeden. The Dodgers were to receive pitcher Mike Koplove from the Diamondbacks, and pitcher Javier Vazquez, 3B Eric Duncan and catcher Dioner Navarro. Knowing how MLB feels about non-uniformed personnel in the dugouts and clubhouses, it is doubtful the Dodgers were looking forward to a confrontation with Navarro’s confidant/ghostwriter, Neil Strauss.