Green's Trade Still a Possibility

Baseball sources said that Shawn Green could be traded to the Diamondbacks for catcher Dioner Navarro, whom the Diamondbacks tentatively acquired from the New York Yankees in the Randy Johnson deal.

Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta apparently is very interested in Navarro who would have been part of the 10-player proposal that also involved the Yankees, but the Dodgers backed out of the deal that also would have sent pitchers Brad Penny, Yhency Brazoban and Brandon Weeder to the DBacks.

Sources say that along with the Green-for-Navarro deal, Brad Halsey, the young left-handed pitcher going from the Yankees to the Diamondbacks in the Johnson trade, could end up with the Dodgers. Halsey was 11-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 144 innings at AAA Columbus.

Green, who was penciled in to play right field next season, is owed $16 million in the last year of a five-year contract. After outfielder J.D. Drew was signed, DePodesta would like to give Hee-Seop Choi a chance to play every day at first base.

If Navarro, 20, is acquired, it is doubtful he would be ready to take over Dodger catching duties in spring training. But scouts have said he only needs experience.

Navarro is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound switch-hitter from Venezuela. Scouts consider him a superior receiver with an excellent arm, and Baseball America rates him as the No. 1 prospect in the Yankee organization.

He has batted .277 in four minor league seasons and had a brief trial with the Yankees at the end of the 2004 season. He hit .250 in Triple A after playing the first half of the year in AA and hitting .277. Overall he hit 22 doubles, four home runs and knocked in 45 runs in 391 at-bats.

The Dodgers plan to use the money from shedding Green's salary to add starting pitching. DePodesta could also trade for a starter since there are few quality starters left on the free-agent market.

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