April 25, 2009
I remember seeing the transaction come across the wire on January 9, 2007. It simply stated, “acquired LHP Randy Johnson and cash from the New York Yankees in exchange for RHP Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf, Steven Jackson, and infielder Alberto Gonzalez”. That same day it was announced that the Diamondbacks had agreed to a contract extension with Johnson that would keep him in a Diamondbacks uniform through the 2008 season. This was exciting news as it most likely meant that Randy Johnson would finish his career in Arizona where he had most of his success. It also meant that he would also get his 300th win as a Diamondback. It is the one thing Randy had not yet accomplished in his storied career and would put the proper explanation point on a Hall of Fame resume. Of course all of this speculation went out the window when a back injury caused Johnson to miss much of the 2007 season.