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Posted: Wednesday December 27, 2006 10:39AM; Updated: Wednesday December 27, 2006 10:39AM
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The Padres have made a more attractive offer for Randy Johnson than the Diamondbacks, but the Yankees will trade Johnson only if they consider it a good baseball move. While the Yankees might just be hoping the Diamondbacks increase their offer, Arizona is said to be waiting for a response from the Yankees and perhaps hoping that Johnson uses his trade-veto power in their favor.
-- Newark Star-Ledger

If the Yankees agree to trade Randy Johnson back to the Diamondbacks, Arizona would want a 72-hour window to negotiate a contract extension with the lefthander.
-- Newsday


With or without Randy Johnson, the Yanks' attraction to Barry Zito remains, at best, tepid. As of early yesterday, GM Brian Cashman had not discussed the lefty with agent Scott Boras since the Winter Meetings early this month. At that time, he told Boras the Yanks were not interested.
-- New York Post

The Rangers have let Scott Boras know that they don't plan to wait around all winter waiting for Barry Zito's response. The Rangers want to hear by this weekend whether or not Zito plans to accept their contract offer.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Joel Pineiro should thank Seattle for not offering him a contract as he's attracting interest from Boston, the Yankees, Kansas City, San Diego and possibly Tampa Bay.
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Braves are still talking to teams, trying to add another quality arm and perhaps a leadoff man, but they're not going to trade Adam LaRoche or anyone else unless it's a deal they believe makes their team better -- now.
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Angels had shown only a passing interest in free-agent infielder Shea Hillenbrand this winter, but when outfielder Juan Rivera broke a leg in a winter league game Friday, leaving an unexpected hole in their lineup, Hillenbrand went from the back burner to the front burner. Rivera is scheduled to have surgery today and could sit out several months of the 2007 season.
-- Los Angeles Times

Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis will let the legal process play out before making any detailed comments about his drunk driving arrest Friday in Miami Beach.
-- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Orioles remain in talks with the representatives for Craig Wilson and Aubrey Huff, but it doesn't appear that anything is imminent.
-- Baltimore Sun