From Jerry Crasnick:
Pitcher Josh Johnson reached an agreement on a four-year, guaranteed $39 million contract that will keep him with the Florida Marlins through 2013. The pitcher confirmed the agreement to ESPN.com Thursday….
The deal will pay Johnson $3.75 million this season, $7.75 million in 2011 and $13.75 million in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The contract buys out the final two years of salary arbitration eligibility and the first two years of free agency for Johnson, who has a 34-16 record and a 3.40 ERA in parts of five seasons with the Marlins.
Yesterday, we discussed the agreement between the Marlins, MLB, and MLBPA in which the Marlins agreed to spend more money on players. At the time, I suggested that this may actually have a negative effect on the Yankees, as the Marlins would be more likely to lock up their great young talents. Signing Josh Johnson was exactly what MLB intended when they directed the Marlins to spend more, and can only be good for baseball.
The problem with teams like the Marlins is not that they do not go out every offseason and frivolously throw money at the Brandon Lyons and Jose Valverdes of the world. Rather, the issue is that they refuse to spend to keep their young cores together once they begin to get even a little bit pricey. AJ Burnett and Miguel Cabrera would make the 2010 Marlins a legitimate contender, but they had to let them go for financial reasons. If that changes, fans of those clubs may be able to from lasting attachments to players that come up in the system. While this development may not be great for the Yankees, it is certainly great for the sport and its fans around the country.