Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Red Sox Interested In Josh Johnson

The Red Sox' merry-go-round of interest in starting pitchers has continued to shift as news has been leaked that the Red Sox are interested in Marlins' ace Josh Johnson. Allegedly, the Red Sox sent a scout to watch Johnson against the Braves last night. Coincidentally, he put together a fantastic start-- tossing six shutout innings while striking out nine and allowing just a hit. Johnson has struggled more this season than in years past, but after an April that saw him go 0-3 with a 5.34 ERA, he's been much better. In his 91 innings since April, his ERA stands at 3.75 and he's gone 6-4. Overall on the season, his stats are respectable but not excellent at 6-7/4.14/105 in 20 starts and 119.2 innings pitched. The Red Sox have been linked to the Marlins in various rumors this season-- including the rumored mega-deal involving Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, and Heath Bell and interest in Anibal Sanchez (traded yesterday to Detroit). However, the Marlins would have to be overwhelmed to deal Johnson-- who earns $13.5 million this and next year. Still, he would definitely play a part in righting the pitching woes if the Red Sox will be buyers this deadline.

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