The starting pitcher market is beginning to dwindle down as we reach the July 31st trade deadline. Cole Hamels has already agreed to an extension with the Phillies, Wandy Rordiguez is now pitching in Pittsburgh, and Ryan Dempster is on the verge of moving to Los Angeles. Amongst other trades, the Marlins have parted with Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, and Anibal Sanchez, and the club appears poised to trade away the remainder of their bulky contracts. Starter Josh Johnson may be the next to go, and the Yankees could be in play if they’re in the market for a top of the rotation pitcher.
Personally, over the past couple of years, Johnson had been one of my favorite pitchers. His remarkable 2.41 FIP in 2010 probably made him the best NL pitcher that season, and his early 2011 season began with an April where he gave up only 18 hits in 41.0 innings pitched. The downside to Johnson is his injury history, which caught up to him in mid-May of last season.… Click here to read the rest