July 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
UPDATE 12:23 - Crasnick has heard from a source that the Marlins are asking for team's "top 2 or 3 prospects" in every trade scenario involving Johnson:
Sources say the #Marlins are asking for each team's top 2 or 3 prospects in every trade scenario involving Josh Johnson.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2012
So unless the #Marlins lower their sights considerably before Tuesday, that doesn't bode well for Johnson being dealt.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2012
11:30 AM EDT - There is a lot of debate in front offices over the availability of Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Crasnick believes the Marlins are open to trading Johnson, but the asking price is "extremely high."
Lots of debate in front offices over the availability of Josh Johnson. I think #Marlins would move him, but price is extremely high.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2012
"They want a ton,'' said one GM. Johnson is signed for $13.75M next year, so that gives #Marlins a lot of leverage.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2012
One general manager told Crasnick the Marlins "want a ton," of value in return for Johnson. This lines up with Jon Heyman’s report from yesterday that Miami is seeking a "Teixeira-like" package for Johnson, referring to the trade that sent current New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves for Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones.
Do you want your team giving up a ton for Johnson?