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Marlins GM: Johnson won't be traded this winter

Nov 30, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

Marlins GM Michael Hill told 790 The Ticket’s Hot Stove Show that there was no chance Josh Johnson would be traded this winter.
“Yes, I can say with certainty, yes,” Hill said when asked if Johnson would remain with the team into next season.
Johnson trade speculation started nine days ago, when he and the Marlins reached an impasse on extension talks.
The Marlins control Johnson for two more years, so it’s hardly necessary for them to move the right-hander now. Still, they’re handling the situation terribly foolishly. If they think Johnson is a particularly big injury risk, then they might as well move him while his value is at a high point. If they don’t, then it’s ridiculous that they’re not giving him the four-year deal he wants.

  1. themarksmith - Nov 30, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    I don’t necessarily agree. A 4-year deal for any pitcher is pretty risky. Why not get the two years of really good value for him and potentially win a World Series with what should be a pretty good team? Then, let him walk, take the two draft picks, and redo this all over again. He may be successful those next two seasons after going to free-agency, but the Marlins are avoiding a substantial amount of risk while still being heavily rewarded. There’s no real reason to trade Johnson. Trading him creates a really big hole in the rotation that would probably put them in 4th place in the division, instead of 2nd or 3rd.
    And, there’s the theory that Hill could be rebuilding trade value. The perception is they must trade him after he refused their deal, but this makes it seem as though that isn’t a big deal. Maybe just a PR move.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    What about the Marlins is “good enough” to compete meaningfully with the Feelies, the Braves or even the Mutts? The latter, despite their all-pro bungling front office, is still determined to spend what it has to spend to build a team of quitters who look great on paper. The Feesh, between their pyroclastic cloud of a bullpen combined with their niggardly payroll philosophy – which apparently includes getting rid of Dan Uggla and/or Jorge Cantu this offseason in return for yet another package of EYPs (Exciting Young Prospects, of which Josh Johnson himself was one once)- is going to keep them out of the real running for the indeterminate future. At the very least, they need to worry about replacing Uggla and Cantu with their next generation of Rule 5 reclamations and out-of-position players. I suspect that all we’ll see, no matter what they do with Johnson this year, is an also-ran team that keeps life mildly interesting until they fizzle out again in late August or early September.
    Mildly interesting, that is, for the sportswriters. They’re still not going to pull in enough fans to keep most of their hot dogs from putrefying in the commissaries or their beer from going flat. When you combine the normative summer ennui of south Florida with the longtime fans (like yours truly) who simply got fed up with being pissed on by the front office and found more hopeful things to do with their leisure time – like spending the Summer on Nantucket going out for Great Whites on lovely afternoons – you understand the death spiral of pennypinching and attendance so low it’s releasing methane pockets.

  3. Curt Schillin - Nov 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Randy Johnson should retire, he has 300 wins.

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