Miami’s Johnson could be trade bait

by Matthew on October 7, 2012

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Miami Marlins may be shopping starting pitcher Josh Johnson come this offseason.

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Cafardo wrote in his column on Sunday that,  “Despite some talk out of Florida that the Marlins won’t deal Johnson, who can become a free agent after 2014, the 28-year-old will be trade bait. The Marlins would likely get a boatload back from teams such as Baltimore, Toronto, Boston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Texas, and the Dodgers.”

That doesn’t seem too farfetched considering the Marlins entertained offers for the right-hander at the trade deadline, but never dealt him.

However, that could change now with more teams likely to be in on the bidding.

Johnson was 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings this season. He is due $13.75 million in 2013, which is the last year of his contract.

If the Marlins do trade Johnson, they several players in the deal.

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