With that comes another twist: the team that would most likely be able to afford Randy Johnson has already been very publicly denied by the Big Unit: Los Angeles. And while that leaves San Francisco and San Diego, it also shows that the Unit has quite a bit of control over where he goes. Long before this came to fruition, there had been quiet and unofficial rumors of Johnson talking about playing in the Bay Area. Though Randy Johnson lives in the Phoenix area, he is a Livermore native. But reportedly, Johnson has also told San Diego's Mark Loretta that he'd approve a trade to San Diego, as well. And Anaheim could still be in contention. But it's likely the serious offers are limited to those three.
It's all about the rumors, folks.
Then there's the other guy who is pulling for a trade to the Giants, a certain left fielder. Barry Bonds recently told the Chronicle, "Things happen. "You can't assume they'll let him go. I hope they'll let him go to us. He'd help us win, no matter what. He wants to go out a winner like any of us do. He deserves that, too, like any good player deserves to. If the Diamondbacks are going to rebuild, give him a chance to win. Give us a chance."
So, was the image of Randy Johnson wearing a Giants cap after mistakenly picking it up after a donnybrook a couple of years ago truly portentious?
The Giants will have to consider the consequences. Randy Johnson is 40 years old, and not exactly injury free. He is also making $16 million this year and next, which would effectively handcuff the Giants from making any other big moves for next season, unless they moved one of their current big contracts in Edgardo Alfonzo or Ray Durham. The Giants will have to fill, amongst other needs, shortstop, first baseman, and outfielder, not to mention find a solution to the bullpen problems. And then there's the distasteful prospect of trading away blue chip young players and facing them for years to come on a division rival team.
Is it worth it?
I'll tell you what…I'm already making plans to attend the Giants FanFest on Saturday: it starts an hour after the trading deadline.
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