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Johnson refutes trade rumors
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07/10/2004 3:08 AM ET
Johnson refutes trade rumors
Big Unit says no further comment on the subject
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Randy Johnson's contract runs through 2005 and he cannot be traded without his consent. (Dino Vournas/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO -- As rumors continued to swirl Friday about the possibility of Randy Johnson being traded, the left-hander told media members to stop asking him about it.

"Look, I'm not going to comment on that stuff, OK?" Johnson said when asked after Friday's game if he wanted to be traded. "I'm not going to comment on it. You can keep asking me every day if you want. Eventually I'll just probably not even talk to any of you guys then if you're going to continue to talk about that."

The New York Daily News cited an anonymous source in Friday's editions saying that Johnson would like to finish his career with a winning team.

The Diamondbacks have said as recently as last week that they want Johnson to finish his career in an Arizona uniform. The Big Unit's contract runs through the 2005 season and he cannot be traded without his consent.

"No comment," Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said when asked about the report.

Johnson understandably was not in good spirits after Friday's game when he suffered the loss and appeared to have an altercation with teammate Luis Gonzalez in the dugout after Gonzalez dropped a fly ball, leading to three unearned runs.

As the Diamondbacks have fallen out of contention, rumors began to surface that Johnson would be traded. Every day it seems a new destination is mentioned, something that Johnson noted Friday.

   Randy Johnson  /   P
Born: 09/10/63
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 230 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L

"I'm going to San Francisco here last week because I grew up here, according to the writer," Johnson said of one published report. "I'm going to Anaheim because I've got a house there. My integrity was questioned when I came to the Diamondbacks [in 1999] because I had a house there and the team almost lost a hundred games [the year before].

"Write something that's true. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

Johnson's agent, Barry Meister, was equally unhappy.

"No one has asked us to waive the no-trade," Meister told the Associated Press on Friday. "There are no trade discussions going on. I think it's just pathetic by the media."

Johnson wrapped up his postgame comments Friday by saying he would no longer answer questions about trade possibilities.

"I haven't been approached by the Diamondbacks yet," Johnson said. "They don't have a trade in place yet, evidently, because I haven't had to waive my no-trade yet.

"Is that good enough for you? Don't ask again. I'm telling you. Don't ask again. That's the nicest way I'm going to tell you."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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