01/09/2007 4:19 PM ET
Yankees acquire right-handed pitcher Luis Vizcaino and three prospects from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson
The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitchers Luis Vizcaino, Steven Jackson and Ross Ohlendorf and infielder Alberto Gonzalez from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitcher Randy Johnson and cash considerations.
Vizcaino, 32, appeared in a team-high 70 games and posted a 4-6 record with a 3.58 ERA for the Diamondbacks in 2006 (65.1IP, 51H, 26R, 26ER, 29BB, 72K). He limited left-handed hitters to a .163 batting average (17-for-104) and held all hitters to just .160 (13-for-81) in his last 23 games of the season. He retired the first batter faced in 47 of his 70 appearances (67%) and stranded 13 of 18 inherited baserunners. Over the last five seasons, Vizcaino has pitched in 359 games and ranks fifth among all Major League pitchers in that time frame (second among right-handers).
A member of the Chicago White Sox' World Championship club in 2005, Vizcaino has made 408 career appearances with four different teams (Oakland A's, 1999-2001; Milwaukee Brewers, 2002-2004; White Sox, 2005 and Arizona, 2006). He was originally signed by the A's as a non-drafted free agent on December 9, 1994.
Gonzalez, 23, batted .290 (126-for-434) with six home runs and 50 RBI in 129 games for Double-A Tennessee in 2006. His .290 batting average ranked seventh among all Southern League batters and in 26 games during the month of July, Gonzalez led the league with a .435 batting average (37-for-85). Following the regular season with Tennessee, he was promoted to Triple-A Tucson and went 3-for-15 with two runs scored in four games at shortstop.
Following the 2005 season, Gonzalez was rated by Midwest League managers as the league's best defensive shortstop. He was also named by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Diamondbacks' system. A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Gonzalez was signed by the Diamondbacks as a non-drafted free agent on August 3, 2002.
Jackson, 24, posted an 8-11 record with a 2.65 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Tennessee in 2006 (149.2IP, 131H, 52R, 44ER, 45BB, 125K). He ranked second among all Southern League pitchers with his 2.65 ERA and he limited right-handed batters to a .204 batting average (68-for-333).
Selected by the Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Jackson was the game-winning pitcher in the Midwest League Championship Game with Class-A South Bend in 2005.
Ohlendorf, 24, spent most of the 2006 season with Double-A Tennessee, going 10-8 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts (177.2IP, 180H, 70R, 65ER, 29BB, 125K). He won a season-high seven straight decisions in a span of 11 starts from May 11 - July 3 and was named the Diamondbacks' organization "Player of the Month" for June, going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA. He led all Southern League pitchers with four complete games, ranked second in innings pitched and shutouts (two), ranked fourth in wins and fifth in games started. Following the Smokies' season, he was promoted to Triple-A Tucson for the Pacific Coast League playoffs and made one start, recording no decision (5.0IP, 1ER).
Selected by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Princeton University, Ohlendorf was chosen by Baseball America as one of the Northwest League's Top Prospects in 2004 and was named to the Midwest League All-Star Team in 2005.