12/08/08 4:06 PM EST
Big Unit, D-backs haven't resumed talks
Both sides silent after lefty offers to take 50 percent pay cut
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
There has been speculation that the money saved would be enough to bridge the gap in the negotiations, which were broken off last month. Johnson, who made $10 million last year plus a $4 million prorated signing bonus, offered to take a 50 percent pay cut to return, but the two sides have yet to talk and nothing appears imminent.
"There is nothing new on that front or any others right now," said Barry Meister, who along with Alan Nero represents Johnson.
Johnson, who is five wins away from 300 for his career, pitched for the D-backs from 1999-2004 before being dealt to the Yankees. He pitched in New York for two seasons before requesting a trade to be closer to his family in the Phoenix area.
Many of Johnson's career highlights happened while wearing an Arizona uniform. He was instrumental in the D-backs' World Series title in 2001, as he and Curt Schilling were named co-MVPs of the Series. Johnson won two games as a starter and got the win in relief in Game 7, one day after winning Game 6.
Johnson, who is second all-time in the Majors in strikeouts with 4,789, tossed a perfect game on May 18, 2004, for the D-backs in Atlanta. While with the D-backs, he won four straight NL Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.