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Rangers, Marlins talking Josh Johnson; price very high

Jul 27, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

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With four days left to go before the trade deadline, Josh Johnson‘s status remains up in the air. ESPN’s Jayson Stark had a source tell him Wednesday that there was a “95 percent” chance that Johnson was staying put in Miami. USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale sees things differently, however.

Sources have told that the Marlins are asking for a team’s two or three best prospects in a Johnson trade, and that most teams have simply laughed it off and gone elsewhere. The Rangers apparently haven’t bolted so quick, though there’s still next to no chance that they’ll be giving up shortstop Jurickson Profar in a Johnson trade. If something does get done there, the top name involved figures to be third baseman Mike Olt.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Trusting JD…. Trusting JD…. Trusting JD….

  2. angrycorgi - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    No way in hell we give up Profar for a guy that will only be in a Rangers uniform for a year and a few months. Marlins must be smoking some good crap if they think they’ll get Olt, Perez AND Profar.

    • beefytrout - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Angels just landed Grienke… so the game has now changed.

      • paperlions - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        No it hasn’t. You don’t do something stupid just because another team improved a little.

      • beefytrout - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        I don’t see where I said the Rangers needed to do anything at all.

      • beefytrout - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        No way do I want to give up 2 prospects for Johnson, let alone 3.

      • paperlions - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

        Within the extant context, “the game has now changed” implies that what the rangers could/should give up to improve their staff has changed. Sorry, if that isn’t what you meant, but that is what the statement implies.

      • beefytrout - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        Fair enough… what I meant was that the Marlins have more pull now to ask for a crazy amount, since the Rangers lost out on Grienke to their direct rival. Not that the Rangers should meet their demands, but the Marlins’ position improved nonetheless.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Morosi is still reporting that the Jays are interested in Johnson. Since the Jays will not give the time of day to any rumor mongers, if Morosi has a source, it is in Miami. Miami may be trying to get some team to pay their price by claiming that other teams are interested in Johnson.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    We were hearing all day yesterday on local spawrts tork raydeeo that JJ wouldn’t be moved until the orfseaon, if at all, or unless the Feesh were really knocked out (“blown away” is the term I kept hearing but if you live in hurricane country you try not to use that metaphor during the summer or fall). I really wish the Feesh would concentrate on getting rid of Krazy Karlos and/or Reeky Nolasco instead.

    But if the Angels panic over Greinke and cough up some really good-looking offensive players, well hell, JJ is just another accident waiting to happen anyway.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    If the Rangers panic….

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  6. randygnyc - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    The Angels might yet be panicking over Greinke, yet. Or of course, the more likely scenario is that Greinke panics with the Angels.

    • keithbangedyermom - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM


      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        What’s wrong about that observation? Greinke himself has admitted he has anxiety issues with pressure and doesn’t want to pitch in a major market. He wilted bigtime in the playoffs last season. He was even on the DL with it for a while. Perfectly legitimate observation on Randy’s part.

      • angrycorgi - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Yeah…Greinke has shown some psychological cracks in his armor already this season with his overreaction to giving up runs. Reminds me of how Jared Weaver has acted on occasion too. Maybe those two nut jobs will get along…or maybe they’ll feed off each other in a bad way. Who knows. But the Angels are definitely a larger market team that may spark some of the anxiety issues…then again maybe he can hold it together for 2-3 months and hit the FA market.

      • keithbangedyermom - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        It’s a flippant remark about someone’s mental health. Pointing out Grienke’s anxiety issues is bottom feeding and typical of people with nothing intelligent to contribute.

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM

        First of all, I don’t think that anyone with a trailer park level handle like yours has much of a right to go around calling out another correspondent’s “class.”

        Second of all, flippant or not, Greinke folded when the pressure was on in the playoffs, didn’t he? Any other pitcher with a history of being unable to “win the big one.” or for that matter any other ballplayer at any position who implodes of underperforms when the chips are down, is out there in the arena of their own free will, regardless of why they can’t rise to an occasion, and the criticism is par for the course. If they don’t want it, they can stay out of the spotlight and play fantasy baseball.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      The Yankeees, unless they want to have a three or four game post season would do welll to see if they have enough on the farm to get in play for John JOhnson.

  7. randygnyc - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Gator is right, on all points, yet again.

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