Originally Posted by OGB
I think one guy to keep in mind is Josh Johnson. He doesn't seem too likely, because he is in the 2nd year of a 4 year, $39 million deal. Almost $28 million of that comes over the last 2 years, however.
Keep in mind that the Marlins have never hesitated to trade any player, no matter how young or talented. If they have a bad enough season, I could see Johnson being available.
Whether the Reds would be interested in paying the steep price he'd command is another story altogether. Hopefully the staff performs well enough that adding a #1 guy isn't an issue.
I really think the reds do end up going after Johnson at the break. If the Marlins are out of it, they may want to stock up for when the phillies come back to earth, with both hanley and johnson and reasonable possibilities.
With Cordero coming off the books next year, they may even have the room to add him financially. Johnson is a much better fit for the Reds than the Marlins during that time as that's our main competition window. At that time we should be able to trade 2 major league ready starting pitchers for 1 + prospects.