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Beginning of the end for Johnson in Florida

Nov 21, 2009, 5:36 PM EDT

After reaching an impasse regarding
a contract extension for Josh Johnson, his agent Matt Sosnick was
rather blunt about the 25-year-old’s future in Florida
during an interview with on Saturday.

“As far as
our feelings are concerned, and I feel very strongly that this is true,
that Josh either signs a long-term deal now with the Marlins, which is
not going to happen, or he gets traded after this year and the Marlins
can get some value back.”

Though Sosnick didn’t specify the
financial terms of the negotiations, he did reveal that he Marlins
would only guarantee three years with an option for a fourth year.

According to a separate report in the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins weren’t even willing to go beyond three years and $22 million, which, if true, is one of the worst low-ball offers in recent memory. Just for kicks, a quick visit to Fangraphs will tell you that Johnson was worth $24.6 million in 2009 alone.

Even Zack Greinke’s four-year, $38
million contract, the one Johnson’s camp was reportedly using as a
framework for a deal, would have been a significant discount compared to what he
could have made elsewhere.

Johnson is under team control
through 2011, but look for him to be wearing a different uniform before then.

  1. quintjs - Nov 21, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Its lowball, but one of the worst seems to be just wrong.
    Given that 2 of the 3 years are under team control he doesn’t have full rights.
    Greinke gets about 25 million over last 2 control years and what would have been his first free agent year.
    Lester gets about 24.
    The difference between Greinke and Lester and what makes it Lowball – is the years – Greinke got another, Lester got an option though he signed the deal earlier than others.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 21, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Jeffrey Loria’s contempt for his players is only exceeded by his contempt for their fans. Cheapskate son of a bitch. The Feesh already have among the lowest attendance stats in major league sports, and this kind of thing will only, justifiably, make matters worse. Johnson will now concentrate on “playing his way out” of Miami, and if he can keep himself healthy, score his big payday year after next. This absurd policy in baseball of letting owners pocket revenue sharing money without either a salaryfloor or cap effectively orphans its fans in a half-dozen markets where skinflint owners merely pocket their revenues. If the few thousand fans in south Florida who still go to Feesh games and allow themselves to be metaphorically pissed on (as opposed to meteorologically pissed on, which happens a lot too) would find a little dignity in their hearts and find something else to do on game day, maybe Loria and his little cabal of Scrooges would get the message. As long as even the few of us who go to the games keep on passing through the turnstiles like a bunch of lemmings, these clowns will keep laughing at us all the way to the bank.

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