“My hope is that he signs a long-term deal and stays in Florida,” [Matt Sosnick] said. “But I would say it’s much more likely that we’ll do a one-year deal this year and he’s playing for somebody else in 2011.”
The article reiterates that, because Johnson is coming off a better season than comparable pitcher Zack Greinke, he should get a better deal at least at four years and $42M. The Marlins apparently went with a three-year, $23M offer as their last deal.
This situation is frustrating from both sides. The Marlins refuse to pony up the extra cash commitments in terms of years and dollars, while Sosnick continues to take pot shots at the organization for not having matched the offer. The Marlins should be more than willing to allow for a vesting fourth-year option, which would be a good middle ground. But at this point it doesn’t seem like Sosnick and Johnson want any middle ground. I don’t think the team will give in, and that makes me a bit disappointed, because Johnson is most certainly worth the money that he would be paid in a four year deal.