Two executives of the Toronto Blue Jays are telling teams that they don’t intend on dealing right handed pitcher Josh Johnson.
Johnson has an ERA of 5.16 over 12 starts and as of right now his trade value is pretty minimal. Another reason why they are interested in holding onto him, in hopes of offering him a qualifying contract next season.
There’s a good chance he would return, with a deal that could be a 1 year contract worth around $15 million. A little pricey for a pitcher with that high of an ERA, but if he were to decline and decides to sign elsewhere, the Blue Jays would receive draft pick compensation next year.
Which in the end, could work out for the organization. Plus that $15 million they could offer, probably won’t be guaranteed anyways. The right handed pitcher did not have a solid first half of the season, finishing 1-5 before the All-Star break. In his last outing against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, he gave up 2 home runs in a loss against them Orioles.
If you can’t get much of anything out of a starting right handed pitcher, then you might as well hold onto him and take the approach that the Blue Jays will with Johnson. Either way it looks like a win-win situation for that ball club.