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Friday, January 07, 2005
Yankees, Johnson agree to extension.
NEW YORK (AP) -- All that stands between Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees are a bunch of medical tests.

The Big Unit and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Thursday on a $32 million, two-year contract extension, leaving only a physical as the final step needed to finish the drawn-out process of finalizing the trade Arizona and the Yankees agreed to Dec. 30.

Diamondbacks, Green fail to reach deal.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Shawn Green failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension by the deadline, and the tentative trade appeared to have fallen through.

A 48-hour window for the Diamondbacks to negotiate with Green expired Thursday, and Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta declared the trade in its present form "dead."

Mets, Astros down to wire.
Six years or seven? That was the debate Mets executives were having yesterday as they continued their efforts to bring Carlos Beltran to Shea, and it's believed they have extended a seven-year offer for around $112 million to the top free agent.

The Mets' toughest competition remains Houston, though the Astros said they made their final offer for Beltran yesterday - reportedly for seven years and $105 million - and will now wait to see if he chooses to remain with them. Because Texas has no state income tax, Houston's final offer could put them in the same ballpark as the Mets.
(New York Daily News)

A Series of Ridiculously Stupid Events. "They are apparently not going to make an offer to Carlos Beltran, because his asking price is too high...This is where the Yankees draw the line? After several foolish moves that improve the team not a lick, and one blockbuster move that improves them a bit (but probably not as much as everyone expects, and perhaps not at all), they decide that signing Beltran, who embodies an improvement of more than five games right now, and is an investment in the future of the franchise as well, is too much?" (The Hardball Times)

Millar or Minky. "While I am not a big chemistry guy, better to have people happy than not and more to the point, better to fetch value for a talented individual than have his abilities waste away in your dugout. So I’d like to take a look at Kevin Millar and Doug Mientkiewicz, determine which would be better to keep and which to trade. I am not going to entertain the possibility of landing Delgado, tantalizing though it may be." (The House that Dewey Built)

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