"Big Unit" Returns to Arizona


PHOENIX (AP) - Randy Johnson has passed a physical and is officially rejoining the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The D-Backs reacquired the Big Unit in a weekend trade with the New York Yankees, pending the results of that examination. The 43-year-old Johnson had back surgery last year.

Johnson, who waived his no-trade clause to get the deal done, lives in the Phoenix area and had his best seasons in Arizona. He went 103-and-49 over his six years with the Diamondbacks, winning four National League Cy Young Awards before going to the Yankees in a trade he sought in 2005.

After two difficult seasons in the Big Apple, Johnson returns to the Diamondbacks with a two-year, 26 (m) million dollar contract, with the Yanks agreeing to pay two (m) million of his 2007 salary.

New York gets right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino (vyz-ky-AY'-noh) and three prospects in return.

The Diamondbacks are counting on Johnson to help them end a three-year streak of losing seasons. That's the longest such run in their nine-year history.