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Sunday, November 14, 2004

Not Again: More Johnson To Anaheim Talk

Again, from the Times, more talk of the Angels pursuing Randy Johnson.
The Florida Marlins have expressed considerable interest in troubled Angel outfielder Jose Guillen, but an inability to consummate a two-team trade has motivated executives to be more creative by formulating possible three-team deals, one of which could net the Angels pitcher Randy Johnson.

Talks are in the exploratory phase, but according to baseball sources, the Angels, Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks have discussed a trade that would send Guillen to the Marlins, Johnson to Anaheim and a package of prospects — and possibly a big league player or two — to Arizona from Anaheim and Florida.

Negotiations between the Angels and Marlins apparently stalled when Florida refused to part with speedy center fielder Juan Pierre. The Angels want to trade Guillen, who hit .294 with 27 home runs and 104 runs batted in last season but was suspended for the final eight games of the regular season and the playoffs because of insubordination, and move center fielder Garret Anderson back to left.

The Marlins, knowing Arizona's affection for their power-hitting first-base prospect, Jason Stokes, and the Angels' infatuation with Johnson, expanded talks to include the Diamondbacks. Arizona is in danger of losing free-agent first baseman Richie Sexson, who was reportedly not thrilled by the team's recent contract offer.

The article goes on to say the Angels are in the hunt for Carlos Beltran (duh), and probably wouldn't complete a trade for Johnson unless they have a centerfielder in the bag first. Unnamed sources, again. As far as I'm concerned, the reasons to avoid him are far more compelling than the reasons to acquire him, though temper that with the possibility that the Snakes may be less interested in keeping Johnson than they were even as of the 2004 trade deadline.

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