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.

Pete Rose dismisses his defamation lawsuit against John Dowd

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Last year Pete Rose field a defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd after Dowd gave a radio interview in which he said that Rose had sexual relations with underage girls that amounted to “statutory rape, every time.” Today Rose dismissed the suit.

In a statement issued by Rose’s lawyer and Dowd’s lawyer, the parties say they agreed “based on mutual consideration, to the dismissal with prejudice of Mr. Rose’s lawsuit against Mr. Dowd.” They say they can’t comment further.

Dowd, of course, is the man who conducted the investigation into Rose’s gambling which resulted in the Hit King being placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list back in 1989. The two have sparred through the media sporadically over the years, with Rose disputing Dowd’s findings despite agreeing to his ban back in 1989. Rose has changed his story about his gambling many times, usually when he had an opportunity to either make money off of it, like when he wrote his autobiography, or when he sought, unsuccessfully, to be reinstated to baseball. Dowd has stood by his report ever since it was released.

In the wake of Dowd’s radio comments in 2015, a woman came forward to say that she and Rose had a sexual relationship when she was under the age of 16, seemingly confirming Dowd’s assertion and forming the basis for a strong defense of Rose’s claims (truth is a total defense to a defamation claim). They seem now, however, to have buried the hatchet. Or at least buried the litigation.

That leaves Dowd more free time to defend his latest client, President Trump. And Rose more time to do whatever it is Pete Rose does with his time.