The Diamondbacks have scheduled a news conference this morning at Don and Charlie's restaurant to announce that four-time National League Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson
has agreed to a two-year extension at about $32 million.
Johnson, 39, who is in the final year of a five-year deal that will pay him $15 million in 2003, is expected to receive a slight raise that will make him baseball's highest paid pitcher, ahead of Colorado's Mike Hampton ($15.125 million), Los Angeles' Kevin Brown ($15 million) and Atlanta's Greg Maddux ($14.75 million).
Johnson has won five Cy Youngs, winning the American League honor in 1995 with Seattle. He is one short of Roger Clemens
' record of six Cy Youngs.
Johnson won the "Triple Crown" of pitching last season, leading the NL in victories (24), ERA (1.53) and strikeouts (268).
"He's still throwin the ball with dominance, and he's never had any arm problems,'' said San Francisco special assistant Ron Perranoski, who played with Los Angeles Hall of Fame left-hander Sandy Koufax. "He'll be 42 (when the contract expires), but with that lean body and his dedication to conditioning, there it is.''