Quoting from a Rosenthal article:
"Randy instructed us not to file for free agency until we made every effort to reach an agreement," Johnson's agents, Barry Meister and Alan Nero, said in a statement. "The Diamondbacks have a budget based on their club's financial situation and obviously viewed Randy's contract in that context. Randy considered every reasonable compromise including offering to take a 50% pay cut, all to remain a Diamondback. However, the economic situation did not lend itself to an agreement."
Johnson's two-year contract with the Diamondbacks averaged $13 million per season. His actual salary last season was $10 million.
The Diamondbacks' offer, then, did not exceed $5 million. It was believed to be in the $2 million to $3 million range.
First of all, Josh Byrnes must have been terribly embarassed to be make a $2-3M offer to RJ. That is a sad state of affairs down in AZ.
What it means is that RJ was willing to take $5M top pitch for the D'backs. Why don't we lob him that contract? Last year we spent similar money on Kip Wells and Luis Vizcaino, right?
The guy has the upside of a D. Lowe or B. Sheets for 2009, but without the long contract baggage. And if his arm falls off we've still got lots of 5th starter candidates honing their craft in AAA.