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Josh Johnson Trade Rumors: Rangers, Marlins 'Heavy' In Talks

Earlier Friday, it was reported that the Miami Marlins were aiming for two or three top prospects from an organization in exchange for the highly talented, yet oft-injured, Josh Johnson.

Apparently, the Texas Rangers were not deterred by Miami's asking price -- which, in all likelihood, has come down a bit. Regardless, the Rangers and Marlins are reportedly deep into trade talks that would bring Johnson to Arlington.

Unlike Zack Greinke, Johnson is signed through the 2013 season, and would not be a rental. Of course, Johnson carries with him considerable injury risk that Greinke does not.

To date, Johnson is 6-7, with a 4.14 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and has struck out 105 in 119 and 2/3 innings. Johnson's secondary stats have been more in line with his talent level in the second half, as he's struck out 20 and issued just one walk in 17 and 2/3 innings since the All-Star break.

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