After reaching an impasse regarding
a contract extension for Josh Johnson, his agent Matt Sosnick was
rather blunt about the 25-year-old’s future in Florida during an interview with MLB.com on Saturday.
“As far as
our feelings are concerned, and I feel very strongly that this is true,
that Josh either signs a long-term deal now with the Marlins, which is
not going to happen, or he gets traded after this year and the Marlins
can get some value back.”
Though Sosnick didn’t specify the
financial terms of the negotiations, he did reveal that he Marlins
would only guarantee three years with an option for a fourth year.
According to a separate report in the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins weren’t even willing to go beyond three years and $22 million, which, if true, is one of the worst low-ball offers in recent memory. Just for kicks, a quick visit to Fangraphs will tell you that Johnson was worth $24.6 million in 2009 alone.
Even Zack Greinke’s four-year, $38
million contract, the one Johnson’s camp was reportedly using as a
framework for a deal, would have been a significant discount compared to what he
could have made elsewhere.
Johnson is under team control
through 2011, but look for him to be wearing a different uniform before then.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.