Trade Crumbles under Weight of Negotiations

Green will remain a Dodger for now

The money just never got close enough to make either the Diamondbacks or Shawn Green happy, and thus the trade that would have sent recently acquired catching prospect Dioner Navarro, and Double-A pitcher William Juarez, to the Dodgers for Shawn Green was scrapped after the window to nogotiate a contract extension expired Thursday at midnight.

With the closing of a two-day negotiation window, the Arizona Diamondbacks' efforts to obtain Shawn Green again saw unsuccessful results.

The negotiations came about after Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approved a trade in which the Los Angeles Dodgers would send Green, along with $8 million, to Arizona in exchange for prospects. Green has a no-trade clause, but he was willing to accept the trade, provided that he came to terms with Arizona on a contract extension.

However, contract talks officially ended Thursday, with no agreement. The D'Backs supposedly offered a three-year, $30 million extension, only $2 million less than what Green reportedly sought. But Green accepting an extension with the Diamondbacks would mean giving up a $16 million salary for the 2005 season, as stipulated in his current contract.

The negotiations culminated nearly a month of attempts by both the Dodgers and D'Backs to free up more money. Both franchises were on the cusp of a three-way trade with the New York Yankees that would've sent Green and three other players to Arizona and pitcher Randy Johnson to New York in exchange for LA getting pitcher Javier Vasquez and prospects. But the trade fell through when the Dodgers pulled out.

Since then, Arizona has talked directly to both New York and LA. Johnson appears headed for the Yankees, and the anticipated prospects from that deal would have gone to LA, had Green signed an extension.

Green is in the last year of a six-year, $84 million deal. It is uncertain whether Arizona will attempt to reopen negotiations with him.

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