Phew! That was close.What for a second looked like the worst trade in Dodger history became absolutely nothing, as the Dodgers backed out of widely reported trade that would have brought Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees.
While LAist has always been supportive of Moneyball GM Paul DePodesta, we're not sure what he was thinking here. Javy Vazquez is probably better than he showed in the second half this past season, but he's not an enormous step up from Brad Penny. With Adrian Beltre gone, the Dodgers can't really afford to sacrifice too much more offense in Shawn Green. Plus, his big contract expires after this season, so it shouldn't be a big deal to just hold onto him.
LAist has no idea why the Dodgers would ever just give up a rising young setup man in Yhencey Brazoban to a division rival so the Yankees could acquire Randy Johnson. It made no sense. Even if the mediocre Mike Koplove was coming back in return. While the two Yankee prospects in the deal are supposedly pretty good, we've seen enough to know not always believe New York-hyped minor leaguers. Were the Dodgers seriously planning to start Dioner Navarro?