Johnson happy for Matt Cain
MIAMI — Matt Cain’s new six-year, $127.5 million contract with the Giants has reset the market for front-line right-handed starters.
Marlins ace Josh Johnson has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $39 million deal he signed in January 2010.
On the eve of the Marlins opening their 2012 campaign, Johnson was asked if he thought about what his next contract could look like.
Recovering from a right shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson said his focus is firmly on helping the Marlins reach the playoffs. A year ago, the two-time All-Star was limited to nine starts due to his injury.
“Not even crossed my mind,” Johnson said of a potential deal that might be out there for him. “I’m worried about this team and helping these guys, and going out there every fifth day and helping these guys. I let them down last year.”
Johnson, a friend of Cain, is happy for the Giants’ right hander.
“He’s a great dude,” said Johnson, who hung out with Cain a couple of years ago at the All-Star Game.
– Joe Frisaro