There were several big storylines during the last offseason around MLB. The biggest of those was when the Miami Marlins decided to trade almost all of their talent to the Toronto Blue Jays including ace pitcher Josh Johnson. Johnson is in the final year of a four-year contract this season pitching in Toronto and I think that he is going to make the Marlins look really bad for trading him across the border.
Johnson has struggled through injury problems for most of his career but got through last season mostly unscathed while finishing 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA. He has the talent to be the top pitcher for any team around MLB and is going to find himself likely as the No. 2 starter behind R.A. Dickey this season in Toronto. I’m a big fan of Johnson and what he can do out on the mound as he went 26-11 during the 2009 and 2010 seasons combined. I think the Blue Jays struck gold getting him on their team.
The American League East isn’t going to be easy to win this season with five talented teams all bunched together, but Johnson is a pitcher that could give Toronto an edge. I would expect him to win at least 14 games this season with the offense that the Blue Jays have around him. He is already proving in spring training with he can do with a 3-0 record and 1.69 ERA in just under 11 innings of work. Johnson is one big season away from striking gold himself in free agency, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Blue Jays lock him up before the 2013 season ends.