Josh Johnson Signs Four-Year Extension

Josh Johnson officially signed a four-year contract extension with the Marlins. The move follows criticism of the Marlins by MLB and the MLBPA, and comes months after talks began between the club, Johnson, and agent Matt Sosnick.  

The $39MM deal will pay the right-hander $3.75MM this year, $7.75MM next year, and $13.75MM in both 2012 and 2013. Johnson also earns $50K for making the All-Star team, $500K for winning the Cy Young Award and $1MM for winning World Series MVP. The contract does not include a no-trade clause.

The deal, which buys out two of Johnson's arbitration years and two of his free agent years, resembles the four-year, $38MM extension Zack Greinke signed prior to his Cy Young season. Johnson doesn't have any Cy Youngs on his mantle, but he's coming off an All-Star season in which he allowed fewer hits than innings pitched, struck out 8.2 batters per nine and limited his walk and homer rates. He finished 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported the agreement. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Sirius XM's Home Plate Channel and Crasnick all added details.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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100 Comments on "Josh Johnson Signs Four-Year Extension"


universalguru
5 years 7 months ago

From cautiously optimistic to a done deal… quick working.

Jonathan Da Silva
5 years 7 months ago

start saving up for Hanley extension, next

5 years 7 months ago

They already signed him to a seven year extension a year or two ago.

Jonathan Da Silva
5 years 7 months ago

joke’s on me–i completely forgot about that

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Hanley is already locked up as the guy below me said but there are not many teams in baseball that have the Best Player and the best pitcher on their team locked up. The Marlins out of all 30 teams would’ve been the last team I would have thought would do this but kudos to Larry Beinfest and Michael Hill for getting the job done. They are just about ready to compete and maybe even win a world series before entering the new ballpark.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Hanley is already locked up as the guy below me said but there are not many teams in baseball that have the Best Player and the best pitcher on their team locked up. The Marlins out of all 30 teams would’ve been the last team I would have thought would do this but kudos to Larry Beinfest and Michael Hill for getting the job done. They are just about ready to compete and maybe even win a world series before entering the new ballpark.

MLB_Guru15
5 years 7 months ago

hanley is already locked up

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Awesome, awesome news. Congrats, fish fans.

5 years 7 months ago

Great deal for the Marlins. If Johnson continues to produce like he has been, he will still have a ton of trade value at this price, or they can just hang onto him and have a cheap ace. Only question is, what was Johnson’s agent thinking?

lumiKenRosenthal
5 years 7 months ago

Sosnick is a good agent who does whats good for the player and his family. you really think the johnsons cant live with $39 million coming their way in the next four years? remember johnsons mega deal will likely be the next one he signs, at age 29. there is more value in signing a short term worth $40 million and then one worth something like a johan santana deal when hes 29 than signing on 7 or 6 year deal worth 100 something million until he’s 32 and then teams being reluctant to give him another big deal.

5 years 7 months ago

I just have to believe he could get more money put into this short term deal is all. $13.75MM for two free agent years seems low when you consider Lackey is going to be making $16.5MM average per year.

5 years 7 months ago

I just have to believe he could get more money put into this short term deal is all. $13.75MM for two free agent years seems low when you consider Lackey is going to be making $16.5MM average per year.

lumiKenRosenthal
5 years 7 months ago

Sosnick is a good agent who does whats good for the player and his family. you really think the johnsons cant live with $39 million coming their way in the next four years? remember johnsons mega deal will likely be the next one he signs, at age 29. there is more value in signing a short term worth $40 million and then one worth something like a johan santana deal when hes 29 than signing on 7 or 6 year deal worth 100 something million until he’s 32 and then teams being reluctant to give him another big deal.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

39 million is a good deal for both sides. If Johnson continues to develop they get a bargain his first two free agent years. If he gets hurt or for some reason does not continue to develop he will be set for life even if he has a career ending Injury. Plus in 4 years if he keeps getting better and better like expected he will command Sabathia , Santana type money.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

39 million is a good deal for both sides. If Johnson continues to develop they get a bargain his first two free agent years. If he gets hurt or for some reason does not continue to develop he will be set for life even if he has a career ending Injury. Plus in 4 years if he keeps getting better and better like expected he will command Sabathia , Santana type money.

roebirds
5 years 7 months ago

And there goes the extra money the Marlins pledged to payroll. Good move to lock JJ up, though.

Cardsfan387
5 years 7 months ago

Great news for Marlins fans.

5 years 7 months ago

good job Marlins way to spend some money.

Xalz
5 years 7 months ago

Glad to see Florida stepping up to fill the seats in their new stadium… even if they are a division rival.

amaasg14
5 years 7 months ago

fish got their boy locked up… like to see them move Uggla before Spring Training. Think BoSox would think of shipping Ryan Westmoreland to the Fish straight up for Danny?

philpbarnes
5 years 7 months ago

Dont really see Uggla being enough of a fit for the Red Sox to do that.

Plus I think id have to become a fish fan then, because they’d then have my two favourite former red sox prospects.. haha

ludafish
5 years 7 months ago

Im a BoSox fan since you have former marlins i love, beckett and lowell…but not hermida….

ludafish
5 years 7 months ago

Im a BoSox fan since you have former marlins i love, beckett and lowell…but not hermida….

dshires4
5 years 7 months ago

Felix, you’re up next!

eedwards027
5 years 7 months ago

People talk about the Pirates trading there players all the time, but what about the fish? Nice deal to actually keep one of there best players.

5 years 7 months ago

surprisingly quick on the heels of the union-MLB statement

Cosmo3
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah I was just gonna say, remember that statement that came out yesterday? IMO, the rest of the MLB teams should operate with a budget around the same as what the marlins have. The inflated contracts that players get these days are absurd.

cap-tip to the marlins

mantistoboggan47
5 years 7 months ago

You are correct, sir. With the players making less money the owners will be free to make more!

CosaOne
5 years 7 months ago

I definitely hit the like button by accident, I completely disagree with you here. Why would I root for the players to get screwed over and the owners (who are already multi millionaires) to line their pockets with the insane amounts of revenue they make? Ticket and concession prices would NOT go down because they are reflective of supply and demand not player salary.

CosaOne
5 years 7 months ago

I definitely hit the like button by accident, I completely disagree with you here. Why would I root for the players to get screwed over and the owners (who are already multi millionaires) to line their pockets with the insane amounts of revenue they make? Ticket and concession prices would NOT go down because they are reflective of supply and demand not player salary.

mantistoboggan47
5 years 7 months ago

I was being sarcastic. I completely agree with you 100%.

CosaOne
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry for the confusion Gary, my response was to Cosmo, I disagree with him and hit the “like” button on his post by accident. I completely agree with you. I just seems like I was responded to you because my post popped up under yours.

mantistoboggan47
5 years 7 months ago

I was being sarcastic. I completely agree with you 100%.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Many of these teams cry they are losing there shirts. How Much does each team get in revenue sharing? Who paid for the new Stadium the tax payers? And if owning a baseball team is such a losing propisition why is it that when an owner sells his team even only after a few years of ownership do they make giant profits? The teams just seem to continue to escalate in value.

agk2
5 years 7 months ago

actually I believe the Marlins owner, Jeff Loria, is on the hook for something like 160 million of his own money for the new stadium.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

Many of these teams cry they are losing there shirts. How Much does each team get in revenue sharing? Who paid for the new Stadium the tax payers? And if owning a baseball team is such a losing propisition why is it that when an owner sells his team even only after a few years of ownership do they make giant profits? The teams just seem to continue to escalate in value.

penpaper
5 years 7 months ago

So it was all an act. Ha!

5 years 7 months ago

Sounds like a good signing, in my opinion. Sure he could get injured and make it a bust, but it sounds like a good value for his services for the duration. It also makes him an amazing trade chip in a year or so if he keeps up the good work. It’s funny though that his agent used Greinke as a comparable though, for two reasons. Firstly, Greinke’s contract is an amazing sweetheart deal for his club in my opinion. But secondly, Greinke has a much better injury history. I guess those two even out?

Either way, good deal for all sides. Marlins get an ace if he stays healthy, and Johnson gets a very expensive house to lounge in if his arm blows out into a million pieces sometime.

TheFilibuster
5 years 7 months ago

Very good deal i’m surprised he even agreed to a deal like that

5 years 7 months ago

Why? It’s a HUGE pay increase.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Why would you be surprised? He was probably in line for $6 million or so in arbitration this year and now he’s $32 million richer than that. Going year to year would have been risky for a pitcher with his history.

adamellingson
5 years 7 months ago

Cautiously Optimistic? I’m going to start using that! Later tonight at the bar~
“Hey bro, I’m cautiously optimistic I’m going to take the cute little biddy home with me tonight.”
Five minutes later “DEAL IS SIGNED” HAHAHA

myname_989
5 years 7 months ago

As a Phillies fan… Damn. I was honestly kind of hoping to see this guy get traded. Lol. As far as I could tell, just by watching him against the Phillies, he’s an on and off kind of guy. He got knocked around in a start against the Phils, but when he’s on… he’s on. It’s good that the Marlins are at least keeping Johnson and Ramirez to be the face of the new franchise in 2012, where they will surely start spending money to add pieces.

jrollpatrol08
5 years 7 months ago

yea good job by the fish to lock up the stud. keeps em slightly competitive in the east…didnt see this one comin at all, i thought for sure he was headed for LAA or LAD for some more cash…

jrollpatrol08
5 years 7 months ago

yea good job by the fish to lock up the stud. keeps em slightly competitive in the east…didnt see this one comin at all, i thought for sure he was headed for LAA or LAD for some more cash…

dROK83
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t worry, knowing the Marlins, he will more than likely be traded before he gets to the $13+ mill annual of his contract.

dROK83
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t worry, knowing the Marlins, he will more than likely be traded before he gets to the $13+ mill annual of his contract.

5 years 7 months ago

Great work by the Marlins. I guess Josh’s agent felt that huge contracts are drying up a little bit. Plus 4 years isn’t that long. He’ll be making 18+ mil a year in no time.

FourScore16
5 years 7 months ago

Good news for Fish Fans…and bad news for the fans of the other NL East teams. JJ is a horse!!

philpbarnes
5 years 7 months ago

Congrats to the Marlins and their fans! Hopefully this is the start of a new era for them. They’re a fun team to watch.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

Reds 1, Marlins 1, Cards 1, Cubs 0

5 years 7 months ago

When the marlins can win a world series and sign the guys they need to sign, it just put fuel to the fire that is the Chicago Cubs.