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January 5, 2007 [LINK / comment]
Randy Johnson returns to AZ?
The Yankees have reached a tentative deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, trading Randy Johnson in return for four players. The Yankees would, it is reported, absorb $2 million of the $16 million Johnson is owed for the 2007 season. In return for waiving his no-trade clause, Johnson would get a contract extension through 2008, when he will turn 45. That would give him a good chance to reach the 300-career win threshhold; he currently has 280 wins. See MLB.com. It's probably for the best on both sides. Sometimes things just don't work out.
Mientkiewicz to Bronx
Doug Mientkiewicz, who played first base for the Mets last year, and for the Red Sox before that, is in the process of being traded "across town" to the Yankees. Assuming he passes the physical exam, etc., it would allow Jason Giambi to become a full-time designated hitter. See MLB.com. Now, will the Mets bring back Mike Piazza to play first base?
The mail bag
The owners of the land where the Twins' future stadium will be built are holding out for more money, which may necessitate formal condemnation proceedings in court, in which case the delays would raise the total cost by a large amount. $90 million has been allocated for land acquisition and related expenses. See startribune.com (via Mike Zurawski)
Bruce Orser found a page full of Yankee Stadium construction photos, at yankeephotos.com, as well as photos of Fenway Park thru the years at redsoxnation.net.
Nick Johnson heals
UPDATE: Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson is slowly healing from a broken leg he suffered last September, but he will probably miss at least the first month of the regular season this year. See Washington Post. Get well soon, Nick!
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