The Rift Between Josh Johnson and the Florida Marlins Grows

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Josh Johnson #55 of the Florida Marlins throws a pitch against the New York Mets on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson is really not happy these days.

According to a report by Miamicityofchamps.com , Johnson is “beyond pissed” that the Marlins offered free agent Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman a five-year deal.

“We’re told that Johnson is upset because David Samson and the Marlins front office has always said that they refrain from offering five-year contracts to pitchers, and now it has gone public that the team is offering Chapman a five-year deal, and they were hesitant to give JJ even a four-year deal with no team options.”

We’re also told that the Marlins have angered Johnson to the point that he is close to setting a hard-line stance and refusing to accept any offer the Marlins throw at him, and simply waiting two years until he is a free agent.”

If the Marlins’ stance on five-year contracts to pitchers is true, then I have no idea why the Marlins are taking such a hard stance with Johnson. I would think that with a new stadium on the way, the Marlins would want to start locking up their young talent.

Why the Marlins would offer Chapman a five-year deal and not a proven commodity like Johnson is confusing. I personally think Johnson is one of the top five pitchers in the National League.

My guess this ends like another fireballing righty named Josh ended with the Marlins: with a trade.

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