Diamondbacks to retire Randy Johnson’s No. 51

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Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall has been saying for years that the honor of a number retirement would be bestowed at some point on Randy Johnson and his 51 jersey. And now that “The Big Unit” has officially been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, plans for an official ceremony — to take place in 2015 at Arizona’s Chase Field — are in the works.

From beat reporter Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona

It will be the third number retired by the Diamondbacks; Luis Gonzalez and his No. 20 got the honor in 2010 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 was retired by every organization in Major League Baseball in 1997.

Brewers sign Gio Gonzalez

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have signed Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez will get a $2 million base salary with $2 million in potential performance bonuses.

Gonzalez was excellent for the Brewers down the stretch last season, posting a 2.13 ERA over his final five regular season starts. While it’s not likely he can replicate that, given how terrible Milwaukee’s rotation has been thus far — they have a 5.74 ERA as a group this season — he can’t hurt.

Not a bad landing pad for a guy who had to settle for a minor league deal with the Yankees before being released over the weekend.