Marlins Still Optimistic For Josh Johnson Extension?

3:19pm: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports say Johnson would accept a four-year, $42MM extension, but the Marlins offered three years and $23MM.  It seems to me that both the Marlins and Johnson's agent Matt Sosnick are using Zack Greinke's deal as a baseline.  The writers note that Johnson and Felix Hernandez have some similarities, but Felix might require four years and $40-50MM to extend.

2:17pm: ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Marlins are "telling other teams they still believe they'll wind up signing [Josh Johnson] to a long-term deal," despite reaching an apparent impasse in the talks last month.  Furthermore, Stark talked to a source who spoke to a Marlins exec who says that the Fish offered three guaranteed years with an easy vesting option for a fourth.  If that vesting option is the only real stumbling block, maybe the two sides can reach an agreement.


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