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Johnson trade inching closer

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That would seem to make Johnson worth the risk. But not at $16 million. So two issues are holding up a deal: How much of Johnson's $16 million for the coming season would the Yankees be willing to pick up, and will Johnson agree to a two-year contract that makes his total salary a tad more palatable?

The Diamondbacks will have to part with two or three - probably two - pitching prospects. The four young names most mentioned in the mix are Micah Owings, Russ Ohlendorf, Dustin Nippert and Brandon Medders.

I've been reading the AZ papers and some think the trade is not close, while Reaves thinks it's almost there. My take is that Johnson will be traded in a few days. It'll be interesting to see what Cashman does with these new arms he's stockpiling...