Randy Johnson files for free agency

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PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson has filed for free agency after failing to reach a contract agreement to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 45-year-old left-hander is five victories shy of 300 and his agents say Johnson hopes to find a team where he can continue to pitch at a high level and contribute to another world championship.

Barry Meister and Alan Nero met in Phoenix on Monday with Diamondbacks chief executive officer Jeff Moorad and general manager Josh Byrnes to explore every option for "The Big Unit" to remain a Diamondback in 2009 and for the remainder of his career.

Johnson made $16 million last year and went 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA.

He struck out 173 and walked 44.

Johnson is a five-time Cy Young winner. He won the NL Cy Young from 1999-2002 while pitching for the D-backs.

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