Josh Johnson is quickly becoming the hottest pitcher in baseball after the Milwaukee Brewers finally pulled the trigger trading Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels. Johnson is now considered to be the top pitcher on the trade market. For the Marlins that means the phones will be ringing off the hook and it will be a long four days for the club.
Before any team tries to acquire the right-handed pitcher, they need to know the asking price. The Marlins are looking for a few top prospect from the organization that is looking to acquire him. Something similar to what the Texas Rangers got when they traded Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves.
The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the biggest teams that checked in with the Marlins Thursday once Johnson started to gain more traction in the open market. Since then, the Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and even the Angels checked in with the Marlins about Johnson. However, the Angels are now out of the race since they got the big fish in the water.
The Rangers seem to be the biggest contender to acquire Johnson especially after Greinke was acquired by the division rival. The Rangers will probably have to trade top prospect Jurickson Profar in order to get Johnson and possibly a lot after that. However, some executives do expect that if the right offer comes into place it may not take that much to acquire Johnson.
With the trade deadline looming it will be interesting to see if the Rangers make a legitimate move for Johnson.
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