Rangers, Marlins talking Josh Johnson; price very high

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With four days left to go before the trade deadline, Josh Johnson’s status remains up in the air. ESPN’s Jayson Stark had a source tell him Wednesday that there was a “95 percent” chance that Johnson was staying put in Miami. USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale sees things differently, however.

Sources have told ESPN.com that the Marlins are asking for a team’s two or three best prospects in a Johnson trade, and that most teams have simply laughed it off and gone elsewhere. The Rangers apparently haven’t bolted so quick, though there’s still next to no chance that they’ll be giving up shortstop Jurickson Profar in a Johnson trade. If something does get done there, the top name involved figures to be third baseman Mike Olt.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.