The latest Miami Marlins trade rumors have no Josh Johnson trade coming on the horizon. It's not surprising, especially after the team had stated they wanted to hold on to him, but it didn't help that he had a terrible outing on Sunday (July 29).
According to ESPN, the Marlins are telling teams that they are going to keep their ace (Johnson) unless something unforeseen happens. Reading between the lines, it suggests that the Marlins are getting lowballed in offers and that they wouldn't pull the trigger on a Johnson trade until a team offered a package that blew them away.
Johnson hasn't exactly had an impressive season, with his numbers ballooning to a 4.04 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP this year. He also has a 6-7 record and 109 strikeouts to go along with it, but he isn't the overpowering arm that some contenders want to pick up in the stretch-run. He hasn't even pitched out of the sixth inning in his last three starts, suggesting he might not have that many innings left in his arm this year.
It seems all but certain that the Marlins will hold on to Johnson and hope to get draft picks from another team when he hits free agency. It's not the worst plan, but it also seems odd that the team would want to hold on to him rather than getting some young prospects now. Maybe that is simply an indication of just how bad the trade offers are.
What do you think of these Miami Marlins trade rumors? Is a Josh Johnson trade in the best interest of Miami right now?