Johnson wows 'em

Mention the name Josh Johnson to MLB scouts, and the praises start to flow.

Johnson certainly didn’t disappoint on Tuesday night, as the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings,striking out eight with no walks.

For the sake of discussion, I asked a few scouts what the Marlins could get in return if they put J.J. name on the trade market. Now, before anyone gets too excited, the Marlins ARE NOT doing that. I anticiapte Florida will try signing Johnson long-term at some point.

But for the sake of measuring what his value would be, I threw out the question.

Here is feedback, I received: “The best of the best.”

The Marlins obtained Hanley Ramirez in return for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. Johnson will bring back a player in the class of Hanley, one scout said.

“He’s a true ace,” another scout said. “You’d get two established big leaguers and a couple of top prospects.”

— Joe Frisaro

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