ESPN’s Peter Gammons reports that the Marlins “appear to be moving closer” to a Nick Johnson trade. Last we heard, the Fish offered pitcher Ryan Tucker to the Nationals and asked Washington to pay part of Johnson’s contract (he has $2MM remaining). At the same time, Danny Knobler of CBSSports says the Marlins are growing frustrated with the trade talks and may move on.
Analysis to come if it happens. Needless to say, we may finally see an end to the BoniLine!
UPDATE: Joe Frisaro tweets that the Marlins might not finish a deal before the deadline is through.
DOUBLE UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Marlins are no longer pursuing Heath Bell or Nick Johnson.
TRIPLE UPDATE: According to FOX, the Marlins have indeed acquired Nick Johnson in return for Double-A lefty Aaron Thompson. In addition, the Nationals are paying the remainder of Johnson’s salary this season. Not bad, definitely does improve us, but as we all know, it’s going to take a decent amount to improve the Marlins enough to win the Wild Card.