Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Johnson's trade value
By Jason A. Churchill
Right-hander Josh Johnson's injury history doesn't help his free agent value, a scenario that will present itself after this season, nor does the trips to the disabled list assist the Toronto Blue Jays in retrieving as much in return as possible should they deal him before the July 31 trade deadline. Johnson, however, is doing his part since returning from the DL two weeks ago.
Johnson, 29, has made three starts since being activated June 4 and surrendered just four earned runs in 19 1/3 innings. He fanned 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings Monday versus Colorado, though it's worth noting he did get six full days rest in between his last two outings.
The Blue Jays would certainly prefer to jump back into the race, of course, but entering play Tuesday they sit eight games back in the American League East, with four teams to pass, and 5 1/2 games out in the Wild Card hunt, with five teams to catch. It's not out of the question, but the club will have to continue it's recent winning ways -- they have a six-game winning streak after Monday's victory -- to stay in it.
If not, Johnson, among others, is likely to be shopped, with clubs such as the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians or even the Cincinnati Reds potentially showing interest.