It might be worth the Yankees agreeing to eat about $6-7 million of Johnson's 2007 salary simply to get rid of him.
Cashman doesn't half pick 'em...Johnson in NY has only been marginally less of a money-down-the-toilet disaster than Kevin Brown was.
How the hell Cashman has kept his job, well you tell me?! Steinbrenner is such a wussy-cat and a soft touch these days that it's virtually impossible to get fired from that club, as Torre keeps finding out after every post-season choke.
There's another angle to the salary thing. The players the Yanks are getting, are below market since they are pre-arbitration or free-agency. Johnson's probably close to above market. So it would be unfair to the D-Backs to do a straight trade, without a salary adjustment. I actually like some of Cashman's moves this season. The Yankees (unfortunately) have been successful in getting some good prospects, to replenesh their gutted farm system.