July 24, 2012
Jays looking to land a Marlin?
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - It would appear the Blue Jays in the hunt for Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson.
If one of the Marlins’ top evaluators was at the Rogers Centre in May, it would not lead to speculation.
Yet, Marlins’ Mark Wiley, special assistant to the general manager Mike Hill, was at the Rogers Centre Tuesday as the Oakland Athletics played the Blue Jays.
Johnson is on the market and the July 31 trade deadline without waivers is a week away.
Usually when a scout stays for five days it’s so he can observe a complete turn through a rotation.
The A’s also want Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins to play shortstop.
The fourth-place Marlins, who made off-season splashes with their free-agent signings, are in sell mode after dealing Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for prospects on Monday.
Is Wiley here for the Jays or the A’s. Or both. Well, Tuesday was the first of Wiley’s five-day stay in Toronto
What young Jays starters would help the Marlins down the road?
The Jays rotation currently consists of — for the moment — Ricky Romero, 27; Henderson Alvarez, 22; Carlos Villanueva, 28; Aaron Laffey, 27; and Brett Cecil, 25.
The Los Angeles Angels, the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers have also scouted Johnson.
Johnson, 28, is 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts after pitching six scoreless innings Monday against the Atlanta Braves when he allowed one hit and struck out nine.
He’s walked 35 and fanned 105 in 119 2/3 innings. He made only nine starts last season with shoulder problems.
Johnson won the ERA title in 2009 with a 2.30 mark as he was 11-6 with 186 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings. And he had 15 wins in 2009.