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All About the Benjamins

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It seems these Randy Johnson trade talks are super serious, but the major sticking point is...money.

Sources reiterated this weekend the major issue -as the Post's Joel Sherman reported Friday - is how much of Johnson's $16 million salary for the 2007 season the Yankees will eat and how much the veteran left-hander is willing to redirect toward a 2008 extension.

Paying Arizona too much of Johnson's contract would make it harder for the Yanks to dole out money for Roger Clemens. Look for them to pay a sizeable chunk, though, real soon. I would expect some big news in the next week or so. The faster this process goes, the better it is for Cashman as he decides his next step.