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.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.