Ned Colletti has made it clear that the Dodgers are still in search of an impact bat and front line starter before the trade deadline.
That brings us to Miami Marlins ace pitcher Josh Johnson.
Johnson is 28 years old and under team control through next season at $13.5M. If healthy he can compliment Clayton Kershaw very well in our rotation.
The question isn’t if the Dodgers want Johnson, it’s simply can they afford the cost to acquire an elite front line start under team control through 2013.
Jayson Stark reports,
Dempster to Dodgers isn’t dead. But heard from other clubs that LA is also in on Josh Johnson & waiting to see if price drops on Shields
While Jon Heyman passes on,
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Johnson was shut down for the final 28 games in 2010 and 122 games in 2011 due to shoulder inflammation. You might question his durability, but you can’t second guess his raw talent.
At 28 years old and only a year left on his contract, Johnson is a risk worth taking.