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Randy Johnson agrees to extension

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson has agreed to a US$26-million, two-year contract with Arizona, leaving only physicals and final approvals to complete his trade from the New York Yankees back to the Diamondbacks.

Johnson is expected to take his physical today, and the trade probably will be finalized Tuesday. Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes confirmed the agreement but declined further comment until after the medical information is reviewed.

New York, which acquired the Big Unit from Arizona two years ago, would receive reliever Luis Vizcaino, minor-league right-handers Ross Ohlendorf and Steven Jackson, and minor-league shortstop Alberto Gonzalez.

“We’re very excited and very happy for Randy, we think it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Alan Nero, who represents Johnson along with Barry Meister. “It was very complex because there was a lot of legal work — it was the third time the contract has been redone. Other than that, I think it went very smoothly.”

Johnson, a 43-year-old left-hander who lives in the Phoenix area, was owed $16 million this year in the final season of his January 2005 contract with the Yankees, a deal that called for $1.5 million to be deferred without interest until 2010.

Because of the cash involved, commissioner Bud Selig must approve the trade. The players’ association also might want to review the restructuring of his contract.

If the trade goes through, Johnson would join an Arizona starting rotation that includes reigning Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, Livan Hernandez and Doug Davis. In their only other major move in the off-season, the Diamondbacks acquired the left-handed Davis from Milwaukee in a six-player deal that sent catcher Johnny Estrada to the Brewers.

His new deal calls for a $12 million signing bonus, of which $3.5 million is payable this year, $500,000 in 2008 and $4 million each in 2009 and 2010, a baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms weren’t disclosed in Sunday’s announcement.

Johnson gets salaries of $4 million this year and $10 million in 2008.

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