Randy Johnson Traded Back to Arizona

Randy Johnson has been traded by the Yankees to the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Luis Vizcaino, minor league right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. The Yanks also will pay $2 million (not bad since Johnson was making $16 million this year). It’s a move that continues the Yankees trend this year of building up their minor league system and getting younger. Derek Jeter is 32 this year, while Gonzalez is just 23, and still a few years away from making it to the bigs anyway. The other guys give the Yankees some much needed depth and youth in middle relief. This is another in a series of sort of low key off-season moves by Brian Cashman, including the recent signing of Doug Mientkiewicz, who fills a defensive hole at first base. While it also means that the Yankees will be relying on unproven Kei Igawa and injury-prone Carl Pavano as their 4th and 5th starters, it has to be seen as a good move by New York. Plus, there’s always the possibility of convincing Roger Clemens to come back to New York as well.