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.