The Miami Marlins are having a really disappointing season to say the least this year. The team is currently sitting in fourth in the National League East division with a 45-53 record, just a few games above the Philadelphia Phillies, who are having problems of their own this season. As the trade deadline looms in the distance, the Marlins are on the verge of a fire sale to shake things up.
First it was Anibal Sanchez to go, who had played for the Marlins for seven years before being traded to the playoff contending Detroit Tigers. Next Hanley Ramirez, a two-time all-star and former Rookie of the Year, was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with a pretty good reliever in Randy Choate. Now, the Marlins are in the process of shopping Josh Johnson.
Johnson, a former 15-game winner, has been injury-prone throughout his career but has had spurts of making it back to his near-perfect form. This year is Johnson’s first full year since shoulder inflammation kept him out in 2011. Johnson is 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA and is now the next piece to be traded by the team.
Among the teams interested in Johnson are the Toronto Blue Jays who could turn into the most legitimate team in it. However, the only thing stopping Johnson is his desire to either be in Orange County, California where he lives or his home town in Oklahoma.
The other stretch in the deal is the asking price from the Marlins. They are asking for a Mark Teixeira-type deal when the Texas Rangers trade him to the Atlanta Braves. The Rangers acquired Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Will Toronto be that generous? Probably not but we will see if the Marlins reel in any other suitors.
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