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MLB:  Yankees Complete Deal to Acquire Pitcher Randy Johnson


The New York Yankees have completed a deal to acquire five-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Randy Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Yankees will get Johnson in exchange for pitcher Javier Vazquez, prospects and cash. The deal will not be final until the paperwork is submitted to the Major League commissioner's office.

On December 17, a blockbuster three-team trade fell through when the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out of a deal with the Yankees and Diamondbacks. Yankees president Randy Levine and Arizona's incoming chief executive officer Jeff Moorad resumed trade talks after Christmas without involving a third party.

A 17-year veteran, Johnson has finished in the top three of the Cy Young voting in nine of the last 12 years.

He is a workhorse, logging at least 240 innings in six of the last seven seasons. Third on the all-time strikeout list with 4161, Johnson has a career record of 246-128 with a 3.07 earned run average. He shared Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling in the 2001 World Series, when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in seven games.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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