Johnson's agent: "I'd be shocked"

Here’s why the Marlins intend to keep Josh Johnson through the winter and into the start of the 2010 season, rather than trading him. He’ll probably make something in the range of $4 million next season, and Florida could just open the year with him leading their rotation, and — the Marlins hope — he could help them contend for the playoffs. If the Marlins were to fall out of the race, Florida could look to trade him, just as the Indians traded Cliff Lee in the middle of the 2009 season — with another year and a half until he becomes eligible for free agency.

The Marlins and Johnson’s agent had made some progress toward a three-year contract with some kind of vesting option on a fourth year. But the bottom line is that Johnson’s side is looking for a deal of at least four years, and the Marlins are reluctant to guarantee that fourth year.

So for those of you, like me, who wouldn’t mind seeing your favorite team swing a deal for Josh Johnson… have a seat and get comfy. Won’t be happening soon (unless, of course, the Marlins’ are blown away with an offer)

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