Marlins not looking to deal JJ
MIAMI — Per team policy, the Marlins will have their “Open For Business” sign up until Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline period ends.
Wednesday’s blockbuster deal — sending Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Dodgers — was the team’s second major move three days. On Monday, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez were traded to the Tigers.
Many are wondering, will Josh Johnson be next?
If the feeling around the club on Wednesday is any indication, Johnson isn’t going anywhere.
The Marlins, right now, are planning on retaining Johnson for a couple of reasons. Foremost, even though he has had his struggles this year, he remains a legitimate ace. That is a very hard commodity to find.
Secondly, he is under contract through 2013. The Marlins gained some more payroll flexibility by removing the nearly $40 million remaining on Ramirez’s contract through 2014. So there isn’t the financial pressure to unload Johnson’s $13.5 million salary.
Now, there is a chance Johnson could be moved. But don’t expect a deal unless they Marlins receive a substantial offer in return. It is highly likely the Marlins will be tempted, because so many playoff contenders are in the market for pitching.
But, unlike Ramirez, the Marlins are not shopping Johnson. With Ramirez, the club felt it was in their best interest, as well as Ramirez’s to make a trade.
The Marlins like to have a rotation in 2013 that features Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco, who are all under contract next year.
The bottom line on Johnson is, the Marlins understand if they are to contend seriously in 2013, they will need a true ace. JJ provides that.
– Joe Frisaro