Josh Johnson trade rumors may have been overblown as the Miami Marlins may not trade their ace after all. Despite a lot of buzz that Johnson could be headed to teams like the Boston Red Sox or Los Angeles Dodgers, it now appears that Miami might be content just to hold on to him.
According to the Miami Herald, "a source said it would take an overwhelming offer to part with Johnson and, with Sanchez being traded already, didn't think the team would give up another starter." Trading Anibal Sanchez may have made the franchise completely rethink parting with Johnson.
Johnson has had a decent year, posting a 6-7 record, 4.14 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Those aren't spectacular numbers, but he has a history of being a very reliable starting pitcher. Johnson has made all 133 of his career starts for the Marlins, but often has had trouble staying healthy. That could certainly worry any team willing to part with elite level prospects.
With all of the trades that Miami has made already, despite trying to act like they aren't having a fire sale, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Johnson still got traded to a contender before the July 31 trade deadline. He is the type of pitcher that could help any roster, but maybe Miami has finally realized that he is the best pitcher they have had in a while.
Do you think that the Josh Johnson trade rumors will die down soon? Would you be able to root for the Miami Marlins if they finish up a complete fire sale again?