Rangers inquired about JJ
You can file this in the “Worth A Shot” category.
MLB.com has learned that in talking to the Marlins about acquiring Jorge Cantu, the Rangers also figured it was worth a chance to reach for the sky. They also inquired to see if the Marlins would consider trading All-Star Josh Johnson.
Texas was willing to part with their top three prospects, just to get the conversation rolling for the hard-throwing Florida ace.
Before a conversation could even get started, the Marlins made it clear that Johnson is “unmovable.”
In the first of a four-year, $39 million contract, Johnson is one of the top talents in the game. The 26-year-old right-hander is 10-3 and he holds a MLB-leading 1.72 ERA.
On Tuesday at San Francisco, Johnson had a string of 13 consecutive starts of going at least six innings while allowing no more than two runs stopped. He gave up three runs in seven innings in a no-decision.
The streak is one shy of the MLB record of 14 set by Mike Scott in 1986.
Johnson is one of the building blocks of the Marlins, and he projects to be a central figure with the organization when their new stadium opens in 2012.
On Thursday, the Marlins did deal Cantu to Texas for pitching prospects Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.
— Joe Frisaro