TORONTO - Only two scouts were at Rogers Centre on Monday to watch Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson, who is headed to free agency at the end of the year and would be a prime candidate to be moved to a team in need of starting help before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The Texas Rangers had a scout in to see Johnson pitch Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he was gone on Tuesday after the Rangers acquired Matt Garza. The Philadelphia Phillies, whom the Dodgers visit later this month, were the other team on hand.
Johnson fell to 1-6, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in two innings. His ERA is at 5.66. Many expected in the spring Johnson would be looking at a three-year deal this off-season. He’s 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in five starts since his only win, June 23 against the Baltimore Orioles.