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Kei Igawa, Randy Johnson, and the Yanks newest prospects

Now that Randy has accepted an extension through 2008 with Arizona, and passed his physical, the trade is complete.

From the Daily Chronicle -

Randy Johnson took his physical Monday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scheduled a Tuesday news conference as their deal to reacquire the Big Unit from the New York Yankees neared completion.

Although the Diamondbacks made no comment on the physical, the team scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference in the home clubhouse at Chase Field. The news conference didn’t mention Johnson by name, but Arizona already had confirmed agreements in principal with the Yankees last Thursday and with Johnson on Sunday, so the subject was clear.

Obviously, the sheduled press conference means Randy passed his physical. The returning players include Luis Vizcaino, a solid veteran reliever, and 3 minor league prospects. Scouting reports can be found at John Sickels’ site.

Just as the Yanks lost one lefty, they added another. Kei Igawa was introduced at a Yankee Stadium press conference on Monday. From -

Kei Igawa debuted as a New York Yankee on Monday, donning a pinstriped jersey and — amid a flurry of camera flashes — proudly delivering the speech for which he’d been rehearsing.

To recite his brief introduction in English, Igawa had put in about two days of study. But the moment was one he’d been preparing for all his life.

“Today, my lifelong dream became a reality, to be a Major League Baseball player,” Igawa said. “I want to thank the New York Yankees, especially Mr. Steinbrenner and Mr. Cashman. I will give you my best as a Yankee. I’m here to do my best to win the championships for this great city, New York.”

Igawa, 27, was officially introduced in a Yankee Stadium press conference after recently returning to the United States from Japan. The left-hander agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with the Yankees on Dec. 27, following the Yankees’ reported $26 million bid for exclusive negotiating rights a month earlier.

With the Yankees, Igawa will wear uniform No. 29, the same number he wore for his former club, the Hanshin Tigers, as one of the top pitchers in Japan’s Central League.

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