Why Josh Johnson Should Be Traded by Miami Marlins This Winter

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Why Josh Johnson Should Be Traded by Miami Marlins This Winter
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Following an inconsistent season, the Miami Marlins would be wise to trade Josh Johnson in the offseason.

Josh Johnson hasn’t come close to being the elite pitcher the Miami Marlins expected this year, and the lack of return on Johnson’s 2010 contract extension means the offseason is the time to cut him loose.

Returning from injury, he was supposed to be the catalyst for the Marlins to make the playoffs in 2012. Instead, Johnson has been plagued by inconsistency, although the team has also struggled with run support.

The fact that he was being made available for a trade in July—albeit for a princely sum—means that Miami certainly isn’t committed to its pitcher. The Marlins gave up on being competitive this year when they became sellers at the deadline.

It’s not unreasonable to suggest that 2013 is nothing more than a rebuilding year, with the playoffs not even a consideration for the front office.

Here are three reasons why Johnson should be shown the door in the offseason.

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