Johnson’s agents still negotiating


NEW YORK (AP) – Randy Johnson’s agents were still negotiating with the Diamondbacks, trying to work out a contract extension for the Yankees pitcher.

The teams reached a tentative agreement on a 4-for-1 trade Thursday, and Arizona was given a 72-hour window.

to negotiate with Johnson. The window closes at 5 p.m. EST Sunday.

“We are making progress. We’re optimistic,” said Alan Nero, who represents Johnson along with Barry Meister.

The Yankees would receive reliever Luis Vizcaino, minor league right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez. New York also would pay $2 million of Johnson’s $16 million salary this year.

If Johnson and the Diamondbacks agree to an extension for 2008, physicals for all players involved in the deal would be the final step for the trade to be finalized.

The Big Unit would likely take his physical on Monday. The 6-foot-10 left-hander had back surgery in October after going 17-11 with a 5.00 ERA and 172 strikeouts for the Yankees last season. He is 20 wins shy of 300.

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