And the deal continues to evolve, growing to 10 players Saturday, with New York, Arizona and Los Angeles hoping to present the
proposed trade to the commissioner's office soon for approval.
Sources with Arizona tell Gammons that paperwork for the deal has yet to be submitted because both sides have not agreed on all of its team-to-team cash arrangements.
Pitchers Kaz Ishii, Mike Koplove and Brandon Weeden are now part
of the swap, a baseball official told The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity.
The teams were aiming to put the whole deal down on paper this
weekend and give it to the commissioner's office perhaps by Monday.
The deal needs permission because it involves more than $1 million -- as it stands, the Yankees would pay $2 million of Ishii's
Plus, there might be a spinoff to the deal. There's speculation
the Dodgers might get Vazquez from the Yankees and then trade the
pitcher to the Chicago White Sox.
Johnson remains the centerpiece of the trade, with the Yankees
trying to get the five-time Cy Young winner from Arizona. New York
also would acquire Ishii, a left-hander who went 13-8 with a 4.71
ERA for Los Angeles last season.
Once the deal is submitted to Selig, he will take 24-48 hours to review the paperwork. When he likely approves the deal, both teams will get the 72 hour window to try to do the following:
Have the Yankees reach an extension for Johnson, as well as deal with all his perks;
Have the Diamondbacks work out an extension for Shawn Green, who won't go without a year or two, and it's will be more difficult because the club wants him to depreciate his $16M contract for 2005. Two different sources say it could take the full 72 hours;
Brad Penny has to have a full physical, since he missed the last month with nerve damage in his right arm. All players would have to pass physicals before the deal would be finalized.
Both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers would receive four players in
the trade, while the Yankees would get a pair of pitchers.
Koplove, who went 4-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 76 relief appearances
with Arizona, would go to Los Angeles with Vazquez. The Dodgers
also would get two top prospects from the Yankees, catcher Dioner
Navarro and third baseman Eric Duncan.
Arizona would wind up with Green and pitchers Brad Penny, Yhency
Brazoban and Weeden. All of them played in the Dodgers' system last
Weeden was the Yankees' top draft pick in 2002 and was traded to
Los Angeles with Jeff Weaver in last winter's trade that sent Kevin
Brown to New York.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.