Updates on Josh Johnson and Felix Hernandez

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According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins plan to meet with Josh Johnson’s agent Matt Sosnick about a new contract this week.
Johnson is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, and
figures to see his salary jump to around $4.2 million in 2010.
According to Frisaro, Sosnick will listen to offers on a contract
extension if the Marlins were to guarantee four years. The two sides
reached an impasse in November when Florida was only willing to give three.

Johnson, who turns 26 later this month, was 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 191/58 K/BB ratio in 33 starts with the Marlins last season.

Speaking of young aces, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that
talks between the Mariners and the agent for Felix Hernandez are
“getting serious” and there’s optimism that a long-term deal can get done this offseason.

Phillies to sign Drew Smyly

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are going to sign pitcher Drew Smyly. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly reported last night that the team and Smyly were chatting.

Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers yesterday after allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings with Triple-A San Antonio and not getting a hint of a call-up to the big club. Earlier this year he pinched off an 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51.1 innings for the Rangers.

He’s basically a free pitcher for Philly, who could use an arm. If he works out, he works out. If not, no loss. Well, I suppose it’s possible there’d be one loss and some walks and hits in like, four innings, or something, but you know what I mean.