The Marlins have been looking all over for bullpen help, in the form of washed-up former closers. According to Ken Rosenthal, Jim Johnson was on the list of possible targets to fill the Marlin’s setup role. The Marlins were willing to part with the 39th overall pick in this years first year player draft; a compensatory pick which they later dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Byran Morris.
The A’s were also offering cash, and the Marlins a player to be named later. The marlins opted to go with Bryan Morris, and using the freed up money from the draft slot to sign former Marlin Kevin Gregg. Johnson has faced his share of struggles so far this season, as he lost the closer spot in Oakland, posting a 6.55 ERA, with 30 hits allowed to go with 13 walks across 22 innings.
The front office’s desire to improve continues to be evident, however their methods remain questionable.