Rangers Inquired On Josh Johnson

While the Rangers and Marlins were working out the trade that sent Jorge Cantu to Texas, the Rangers also took a chance to "reach for the sky" and inquired on the availability of Josh Johnson. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Rangers were willing to offer their top three prospects, but were told the Marlins' ace is "unmovable."

Johnson, 26, signed a four-year extension worth $39MM with Florida in January, virtually eliminating him as a possible trade chip for the near future. Given his performance this year, which includes a 1.72 ERA over 141.1 IP, Johnson figures to be even more untouchable now than he was at the time of the extension.


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52 Comments on "Rangers Inquired On Josh Johnson"


Ferrariman
5 years 6 days ago

well this calls for a big fat “DUH”

mrlyngreen
5 years 6 days ago

Maybe the Rangers will call Mo and ask for Adam Wainwright. LOL

Ferrariman
5 years 6 days ago

lol i wouldn’t doubt it. just due diligence. but the chances of him being moved…well..better chance of me winning the lottery.

just for kix and giggles….

wainwright for….
sheppers
perez
kinsler

who hangs up first?

mrlyngreen
5 years 6 days ago

Why not throw Albert in there and get Daniels a gig on Letterman? ROFL!

5 years 6 days ago

trying to add Kinsler in there gets you a dial tone prettaaay quickon the top 50 Trade Value column by FanGraphs, Kinsler is #30, Wainwright is #18 … the difference between is MUCH smaller than Perez plus ScheppersIf the Cards REALLY made that offer (and I were the Rangers’ GM), I’d counter with the same offer, minus Kinsler

Ferrariman
5 years 6 days ago

i’d do minus sheppers. that sort of evens it out. sort of.

i didn’t know how long kinsler was locked up till i google’d his contract. damn he is cheap.

5 years 6 days ago

I think maybe Kinsler + Scheppers is fair in terms of value for value

Neither team would actually pull the trigger on that one, though!

5 years 6 days ago

It was still worth a try…not like they lose anything by asking. But wow that would be an insane 1-2 with Lee and Johnson, in a short playoff series with the type of offense the rangers have I’m not sure how anyone beats them.

Sniderlover
5 years 6 days ago

Lol, nice try Rangers.

syphercx
5 years 6 days ago

Who can blame them. The guy is a stud! I had the pleasure to meet him this off season.

5 years 6 days ago

I like the big brass ones the Rangers are showing off. In a perfect world they would have gotten him and been a SERIOUS contender. Johnson and Lee at the top of rotation? My goodness. Too bad…I would have enjoyed to see that happen.

HighHeat
5 years 6 days ago

Can’t blame them for trying.

5 years 6 days ago

Sure, MLB is fronting all the money for their 50 deadline acquisitions. Why not?

5 years 6 days ago

Doesn’t hurt to ask. I like their aggressiveness this past month.

5 years 6 days ago

Tanner Scheppers, Martin Perez and Neftali Feliz (not a prospect anymore I know) would been a heck of a haul.

rovert22044
5 years 6 days ago

Tried to get Johnson!? LOL! Might as well traded the whole team for him!

42214221
5 years 6 days ago

I first misread the headline as Rangers aquire Josh Johnson

moonraker45
5 years 6 days ago

The marlins probably arent even allowed to trade him for prospects, their payroll would be 2.4 million

5 years 6 days ago

Probably why baseball needs a salary floor and ceiling…too bad it wont happen

moonraker45
5 years 6 days ago

precisely

04Forever
5 years 6 days ago

i must admit, it takes a sizable set of jewels to call the Marlin organization and ask that…

5 years 6 days ago

“Hey Braves, how’s Heyward’s availability these days?”

Ahahhahaa. Nice try boys, nice try.

5 years 6 days ago

Doesn’t hurt to ask… unless FLA would’ve been so insulted that they decided to nix the Cantu deal.

Really, TEX has enough young pitching, with Hunter, Wilson, and Lewis. As they are, I think they may be good enough, pitching-wise, to win a playoff series against NYY or TB. They don’t have the big names like the Yankees, but as an Angels fan, I’ve been watching these guys a lot.

Tommy Hunter is 8-0 with a 2.31 ERA. Lewis and Wilson are putting up good numbers also. Their only bad pitcher is Feldman, who in the playoffs, would almost certainly be in the bullpen. They don’t need Johnson (and they’d have to give up a whole lot for a pitcher under team control as long as he is, anyway).

j6takish
5 years 6 days ago

CJ Wilson and Tommy Hunter are having surprisingly awesome seasons. Harden over Feldman definitely….I don’t even see where he would go in the bullpen.

5 years 6 days ago

Eh, that’s note really true.

EVERYONE needs Josh Johnson.

Texas is so young they can get away with it.

johnsilver
5 years 5 days ago

They might have some good young pitching, but not one of them has proven to be a JJ and under team control as a stud #1 for 3 1/2 more years.

johnsilver
5 years 5 days ago

They might have some good young pitching, but not one of them has proven to be a JJ and under team control as a stud #1 for 3 1/2 more years.

j6takish
5 years 6 days ago

Can’t blame them for trying, If any team was going to part with an ace with a team friendly contract the Fish would be the ones to do it. I don’t think Jon Daniels thought this had any chance of working, probably just keeping tabs on all of the clubs.

dirtydez
5 years 6 days ago

Josh for Josh……

moonraker45
5 years 6 days ago

Why is everyone so shocked? It’s the marlins, they trade everyone.

woadude
5 years 5 days ago

Unless your last name is Johnson or your first name is Hanley

fishfan4life
5 years 6 days ago

I got a kick outta this

fishfan4life
5 years 6 days ago

And even if they were serious, they would have offered proven major league talent.

5 years 6 days ago

I don’t see why this is surprising or ‘funny’ — the Rangers have some of the best high-end prospects/young players, particularly pitchers, in the game and they wanted to see if the Marlins would bite — which they’ve been known to do!Holland + Perez + Scheppers would be a looot of cheap talent for the frugal Fish to turn down — why not cast out the line and see wha…ok no more fish puns

5 years 5 days ago

There is no way in hell I’d trade those three prospects in any deal (within reason). Those 3 are pretty much guaranteed major leaguers. Perez and Scheppers have super-ace potential, and Holland is just a notch below them. He’s already pitched in the majors, with varying success, so his floor is very good as well. I think Florida would take that deal, I don’t think Texas would do it

penpaper
5 years 5 days ago

I don’t think you realize just how valuable and good JJ is.

penpaper
5 years 5 days ago

I don’t think you realize just how valuable and good JJ is.

5 years 5 days ago

Ain’t no such thing as a guaranteed mlber

5 years 5 days ago

I guess they’d have the most value with Andrus, who, unfortunately, doesn’t have much value as a SS with the Marlins.