The Marlins have spoken with nearly all of the top free agents on the market this winter, including shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
But Miami’s primary addition for 2012 could very well come from within.
Josh Johnson, 27, posted a dominant 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB ratio across 183 2/3 innings in 2010, then made only nine starts in 2011 due to complications with his right shoulder. He experienced a couple of setbacks throughout the summer, but he’s been pain-free for the past few months and all signs point to him being fully healthy at the beginning of spring training next February. Here’s SI.com’s Jon Heyman:
Johnson boasts a fastball that regularly touches 95 mph, a hard-breaking power slider, an improving curveball and a quality changeup. When he’s on and healthy, he’s one of the top rotation arms in all of baseball.
Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson is still a possible target for the Orioles, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The outfielder has received limited interest after entering free agency this season, due in part to the season-ending sports hernia surgery he underwent last September. To that end, Kubatko says, the team has verified his medicals and no red flags appear to have surfaced so far.
Dyson, 33, managed a modest .251/.324/.350 batting line, five home runs and 28 stolen bases in 390 plate appearances for the Mariners last year. He didn’t overwhelm the competition at the plate, particularly during an injury-riddled second half, but still showed himself capable of maintaining the speed and defense that have become his calling cards over the last five seasons. Kubatko notes that while Dyson doesn’t appear to be seeking an everyday role again in 2018, he could be a “useful player” for Baltimore if he remains healthy.
The Giants have also tossed their hats in the ring for Dyson this winter, going so far as to call him their primary non-Lorenzo Cain candidate. Nothing is close to being finalized, however, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that both Dyson and the Giants are still talking to other interested parties. The Orioles, too, are exploring alternatives to Dyson, and are rumored to be in talks with an anonymous right fielder who could conceivably platoon in right field and help provide depth behind Adam Jones in center.