St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote:Big Unit Update: Yanks, Cards, White Sox in the Running
New York's Newsday reports that the Yankees have intensified their bid to sign lefthander Randy Johnson, with their main competition coming from the Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox.
According to Newsday, the Cardinals have proposed a three-pitcher package in exchange for Johnson: righthanders Dan Haren and Kiko Calero and lefthander Rick Ankiel.
The White Sox are believed to have offered first baseman Paul Konerko and righthanded pitcher Jon Garland.
Newsday reported that the Yankees now will consider trading 28-year-old righthander Javier Vazquez for Johnson, 41. New York tried to trade for Johnson in July, but when Arizona asked for Vazquez, the Yankees refused.
Vazquez had a terrible second half, going 4-5 with a 6.92 earned-run average after the All-Star break. He is owed $34 million over the next three years. According to Newsday, the Yankees would pay some of Vazquez's salary if they can make the deal with Arizona.
Johnson, who is 6-foot-10 and nicknamed the "Big Unit," is owed $16.5 million for 2005. He has a no-trade clause and thus has the final say in any deals the Diamondbacks try to make. Johnson has publicly stated that he wants to go to a team with a legitimate shot at winning the World Series.
The Arizona Republic reported in today's editions that the Anaheim Angels also are interested in trading for Johnson, but no specifics were discussed.
According to reports out of Arizona, Johnson will meet with Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola Jr., later this week to discuss his situation.
The Yankees also are talking to free-agent lefthanded relievers Steve Kline and Ron Villone. The Cardinals are not expected to attempt to re-sign Kline.