UPDATE-There have been multiple reports of the Marlins backtracking from yesterday’s John Perotto Tweet that they were “very willing” to deal the star Right hander. First came John Frisaro’s Tweet (see below) from last night, then Buster Onley’s story this morning saying he spoke to multiple GMs and nobody confirmed the story.
Now Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has the most definitive squashing of the report. In the piece he says that he’s heard from two sources who he says are close to the situation that the Marlins have no intention whatsoever of dealing their star pitcher before Opening Day 2010. It makes sense, Johnson is still not making much money and they’re heading into a new ballpark.
Just came down on John Perotto’s Twitter, the Florida Marlins Right hander is officially on the trade market. He writes:
Keep hearing #Marlins are very willing to trade Josh Johnson right now for the right package.
This could impact the Halladay sweepstakes, with another much younger high-upside arm being available at the same time. The loser of the Halladay sweepstakes could be the lead horse for Johnson, depending on what Florida needs. Johnson has 2 more years of team control before hitting free agency.
Lets go a step further with this, on the heels of today’s Halladay news. Lets say Montero+ package gets you Halladay, but a Montero+Joba/Hughes is needed to land Johnson. Which one you go for?
EDIT-Now Joe Frisaro has Tweeted that he’s not hearing the same things that Perotto is. Here’s his quote:
There is going to be plenty of speculation about Josh Johnson being trade bait. From what I’m hearing, don’t buy into it.
Could be the first report is erroneous, or that the Marlins don’t want to look too anxious to deal him. Decide for yourself, but my guess is he’s still on the market.
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