01/09/2007 3:01 PM ET
D-backs acquire Randy Johnson from Yankees
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced that they have acquired five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson and cash from the New York Yankees in exchange for pitchers Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf, Steven Jackson and infielder Alberto Gonzalez. The D-backs also announced they have extended Johnson's contract through the 2008 season.
Johnson, 43, was 34-19 with a 4.37 ERA in his two seasons in New York. The prolific lefthander returns to Arizona after going 103-49 with a 2.65 ERA with the club from 1999-2004. Johnson's five Cy Young Awards are the second highest total in Major League history (Roger Clemens is first with seven) and he is one of only two pitchers to have won the award in four consecutive seasons, accomplishing the feat from 1999-2002 as a member of the D-backs (Greg Maddux also did so from 1992-95). The 10-time All Star has amassed 4,544 strikeouts during his career, the third most in Major League history and the most among southpaws. His 280 wins is the 30th-best total in the Majors and the fourth-highest among active pitchers. Proving his durability, the Big Unit has tossed over 200 innings and won at least 16 games in nine of his last 10 seasons.
Johnson was chosen by the fans during the 2006 season as the club's Major League Baseball Hometown Hero, a program that recognized the most outstanding player of each MLB franchise.
"We are ecstatic to bring Randy Johnson back home to Arizona," said D-backs Senior Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. "Adding Randy to a rotation that already includes last season's Cy Young winner Brandon Webb and veterans Livan Hernandez and Doug Davis makes us even more competitive."
Vizcaino, 32, was 4-6 with a 3.58 ERA with the Diamondbacks last season. He made a team-high 70 appearances, his fourth season with 70 plus games. Vizcaino has appeared in 359 games over the last five seasons, the fifth-highest total in the majors. He recorded 25 "holds" last season, tied for seventh in the majors and third in the National League.
Ohlendorf, 24, was 10-8 with a 3.29 ERA with Tennessee (AA) last season, while making one start with Tucson (AAA). He was named the Organization's Pitcher-of-the-Month for June, going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts.
Jackson, 24, was 8-11 with a 2.65 ERA over 24 starts with Tennessee (AA) last season. The righthander posted 125 strikeouts while walking only 45.
Gonzalez, 23, batted .290 (140-for-480) with six home runs and 50 RBI in 129 games with Tennessee (AA). He played in four games with Tucson (AAA), going 3-for-15 with a RBI.