This news broke right around the time I added the previous post. Since it’s not directly Yankees related, I thought we’d hold off for a little while and let the MLB donation story stand.
Right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Florida Marlins. Jerry Crasnick reports that the contract is worth $39 million. While the deal has no direct Yankees connection, Johnson has been a much-discussed pitcher in the comments of this blog. He’s one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and there was a time it seemed he would not negotiate a long-term deal with Florida. It would be hard to blame fans for salivating at the thought of the Yankees going after him.
Whether this signing has anything to do with the recent Marlins payroll compliance issue, I don’t know.
In other non-Yankees baseball news, Jose Valverde has signed with the Tigers. Two years, $14 million.
The Yankees, meanwhile, remain fairly silent. Brian Cashman basically told us to expect this sort of quiet period, but it does make one sentimental for those freewheelin’ Winter Meetings days.