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Bogus rumor dept.: Rangers made huge offer for Johnson

Dec 8, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

ESPN Dallas is reporting that rumor that’s also made its way around twitter a bit, even though it has no concrete sources behind it. So, we’ll run with it here, even though we have serious doubts. According to a baseball official, the Rangers offered right-hander Neftali Feliz and first baseman Justin Smoak to the Marlins for Josh Johnson.
With Johnson still relatively inexpensive and two years away from free agency, he’d command a big price in trade talks. The Rangers, though, would be parting with two of the game’s top-15 prospects in such a trade. One of the two might find his way onto the table in talks, if they ever took place in the first place, but it’s highly unlikely the Rangers would offer both.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Matt, FWIW, I emailed Josh Johnson’s agent to see if he had heard anything about the rumor. I got a flat “no” in return, but he added that he wouldn’t normally be in the loop on a deal like this…(being that JJ doesn’t have a NTC)

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Yeah, FanHouse writer/former Rangers scout Frankie Piliere has been in contact with his sources and says it’s completely untrue.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 8, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    Yep, saw that too.

  4. Cru11 - Dec 9, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    If this rumor was true it would sum up the history of the Rangers. Brings up A+ plus talent that will benefit the cub greatly then ship them off and watch them soar.

  5. Eat a Peach - Dec 9, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Here’s why I find that offer unlikely – Josh Johnson isn’t a Ranger. Wouldn’t be surprised however to find that both Feliz and Smoak were on the table, just one or the other as a cornerstone piece in a deal though, not both.

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