The Los Angeles Dodgers withdrew from the proposed three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees.
“As we sit here right now, the deal is no more,” Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta said during a conference call. “I’ve been saying all along that we weren’t going to do the deal unless it made sense for this club in 2005, and that was not the case.”
Arizona would have gotten outfielder Shawn Green and pitchers Brad Penny, Yhency Brazoban and Brandon Weeden from the Dodgers. Along with Johnson, the Yankees would have gotten pitcher Kaz Ishii from Los Angeles.
D.C. COUNCIL REVERSES COURSE: The proposed move of the Montreal Expos to Washington passed its biggest hurdle Tuesday when the District of Columbia Council reversed course and approved a ballpark financing law that eliminated a provision that threatened to scuttle the deal.
Major League Baseball, which had threatened to scuttle the move last week, said the revised legislation was acceptable.
Baseball had put the move on hold last week after the council inserted a provision that mandated private financing to cover at least half of the cost of the project, estimated at $435 million or more. If private financing was not found, according to last week’s amendment, the law would have been voided.
2004 SALARIES DROP: Baseball salaries went down in 2004 for the first time in a decade and only the third time since record-keeping began nearly 40 years ago. The average dropped 2.5 percent this year to $2,313,535, according to final figures released Tuesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The average had been $2,372,189 in 2003. The salaries list is in Scoreboard, C5.