Green Unable to Negotiate Extension with D-Backs

Barring an extention of the 48-hour window the Dodgers allowed Shawn Green and Arizona to negotiate a new contract and Green to disavow his no-trade contract, the slugging outfielder/first baseman will be in the Dodgers' lineup in 2005, according to a report by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

That apparently negates a deal with the DBacks to send Green and $9 million in exchange for catcher Dioner Navarra, coming to Arizona in the Randy Johnson trade, and rookie pitcher William Juarez.

The swap would have freed up about $8 million to help pay for Odalis Perez's three-year, $24 million contract. Sources say that, except for failing a phyiscal, Perez will re-join the Dodgers anyway.

Perez, who was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 2005, rejoins a starting rotation that includes Jeff Weaver, Brad Penny and Kazuhisa Ishii. The club has been negotiating with free agent Esteban Loaiza, although that could fall through since the Green trade failed, leaving contenders for the fifth starter's spot among Edwin Jackson, Elmer Dessens and Wilson Alvarez.

Apparently the Diamondbacks offered Green a two or three year extention on his salary, far below the $16 million he will receive from the Dodgers if he does, indeed, stay with the club.

Green's bat will add obvious power to the Dodgers lineup, sporting six with the capability of hittng 25+ home runs, and if his shoulder is fully healed, and his final half of 2004 is any indication, he could be back to the powerhouse he was only a few short years ago.

Green, who holds the club record with 49 home runs, set in 2001, hit only .253 with 10 homers and 41 runs batted in before the all-star break but roared back with a .281-18-45 second half, indicating that he may be back in prde-injury stride.

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make. Perhaps this will be one of them.

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