Is Josh Johnson trade bait?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe talks about many things in today’s column but there was one that really drew my attention and that was the possibility of Josh Johnson being traded. The Miami Marlins have insisted that they’re not going to trade their stud pitcher but after another last place season should they change course?

Josh Johnson, RHP, Marlins — Despite some talk out of Florida that the Marlins won’t deal Johnson, who can become a free agent after 2014, the 28-year-old will be trade bait. The Marlins would likely get a boatload back from teams such as Baltimore, Toronto, Boston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Texas, and the Dodgers. The Red Sox were interested at the trade deadline. The 69-win Marlins look as if they’re cleaning house again and they, like Cleveland, could be a good trading partner for the Red Sox. (Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe)

For Cafardo to talk about it there has to be a Boston Red Sox spin on it but it’s a spin that makes sense. Johnson would be a huge upgrade for what turned out to be a very weak Sox rotation. If the Marlins do indeed have interest in moving Johnson, then the Sox definitely have the pieces to offer.

Personally, I’d love to see one team in particular on Cafardo’s list take a chance on him. That team’s the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have got plenty of young talent and to add a pitcher that’s ace caliber could be the franchises chance at being relevant again.

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