According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, former Miami Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson has decided to retire at the age of 32. He most recently signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants this past November, after rehabbing from his third (!!!) Tommy John surgery in September of 2015. Johnson last played in the MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.
The right-handed pitcher played eight seasons with the Marlins from 2005 to 2012. He racked up two-all-star appearances in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 season would wind up being his most successful campaign, leading the National League in ERA and finishing fifth in Cy Young voting. Johnson ranks second on the Marlins all-time strikeout list, as well as third in wins, innings pitched and ERA.
The Marlins acquired 28-year-old right-hander Dan Straily from the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, parting with three prospects, including the organization’s #2 prospect, Luis Castillo. Be sure to check out Fish Stripe’s storystream from yesterday for the reaction.
Mark Simon writes that newly minted HOFer Pudge Rodriguez’s career was defined by his stellar NLDS play as a member of the Marlins.
Tim Raines had a less memorable one year stint with the Fish, but you might be interested in reading the thank you letter he penned after learning he’d been elected anyway.
Around the League
MLB announced their official game times for all regular season games. Surprisingly, still no 3:00 AM start times.
Matt Snyder of CBS Sports takes a crack at finding current players who’ll someday reach the Hall of Fame. Three present day Marlins make the cut.
Mark Trumbo has agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million dollar deal to remain with the Baltimore Orioles.
Neftali Feliz has signed a one-year, $5.35 million dolllar deal to potentially close for the Milwaukee Brewers.