Marlins GM: Johnson won't be traded this winter

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Marlins GM Michael Hill told 790 The Ticket’s Hot Stove Show that there was no chance Josh Johnson would be traded this winter.
“Yes, I can say with certainty, yes,” Hill said when asked if Johnson would remain with the team into next season.
Johnson trade speculation started nine days ago, when he and the Marlins reached an impasse on extension talks.
The Marlins control Johnson for two more years, so it’s hardly necessary for them to move the right-hander now. Still, they’re handling the situation terribly foolishly. If they think Johnson is a particularly big injury risk, then they might as well move him while his value is at a high point. If they don’t, then it’s ridiculous that they’re not giving him the four-year deal he wants.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.