Diamondbacks, Shawn Green agree to deal
Arizona and Shawn Green came to terms in principle Sunday night on a three-year, $32-million US contract, paving the way for his move to the Diamondbacks from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Green must now waive his no-trade clause and complete a physical in Phoenix on Monday to complete the trade between the two teams.
In addition to a $2-million signing bonus, Green will earn $10.5 million in 2005, $8 million in 2006 and $9.5 million in 2007. The agreement also includes a mutual option for a fourth year, with a $2 million buyout clause if the Diamondbacks decide not to keep Green.
The Diamondbacks were initially given 48 hours to negotiate a contract extension with Green after tentatively acquiring him last week from the Dodgers. The two sides couldn't come to a deal, but the club was given another 48-hour window by Major League Baseball to negotiate with Green, before agreeing to terms with him just four hours before Monday's 1 a.m. ET deadline.
Green's waiving of his no-trade clause will compete a trade that sees the Dodgers send the slugger and $10 million to the Diamondbacks for four minor-league players, including catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitcher William Juarez.
The 32-year-old Green had one year and $16 million remaining on his contract with the Dodgers, but agreed to restructure it with the Diamondbacks.
With Green's salary off the books, the Dodgers are now expected to sign Boston Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe, who has agreed in principal to a four-year deal worth about $36 million.
Navarro joins the Diamondbacks as part of the Randy Johnson trade with the New York Yankees, a deal that is expected to become official when the players involved pass physicals on Monday.
The Diamondbacks also receive pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey and $9 million from the Yankees.
"Our view of this is that we effectively traded Randy Johnson for Vazquez, Halsey, Shawn Green and $19 million," Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick said.
Green hit .266 with 28 home runs, 86 runs batted in and 92 runs scored in 157 games last season, his fifth with Los Angeles.
The 12-year MLB veteran is a .282 hitter with 281 HRs, 885 RBIs and 907 runs scored in 1,514 games with the Toronto Blue Jays and Dodgers.
Drafted 16th overall by the Blue Jays in 1991, he was traded to Los Angeles along with Jorge Nunez for Raul Mondesi and Pedro Borbon on Nov. 8, 1999.
with files from Associated Press