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Is it truth or a ploy?

And the winner of the Randy Johnson sweepstakes is ... not the Boss? If you believe the Yankees, they say they're out of the running.

Originally Published: December 1, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

For almost five months now, the Yankees have practically stalked Randy Johnson. But on Wednesday, they did something nobody saw coming:

They informed the Diamondbacks they were no longer interested in trading for him.

The question is: Do they mean it? Or was this just their cagy, Yankee-esque way of telling Arizona it's time to get serious -- or else?

We'll find out one of these days, obviously. But Yankees officials were telling other baseball men last night this ...

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