F*ck sakes. Josh Johnson's agent (Matt Sosnick) making it sound like he doesn't want to play here.
"I feel like there has to be another piece to this trade. I’ve got to imagine that the players that Alex acquired have to be in play– it’s a lot of money he took on in salary in one shot. And there are so many teams that are interested in Josh Johnson that if the Yankees or Texas or some of these teams looking for a frontline starter wanted to give up a tonne, it would seem like it would be against the way that Alex normally does business to not listen and make a trade if he could acquire a bunch of top prospects for one of the players in this deal.”
Nothing Sosnick says makes sense there. Alex (Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos) took on a lot of salary in one shot to make this team a contender right now. Whatever prospects the Yankees or Rangers offer are irrelevant. Anthopoulos has been stock piling young players since he's been here so he could eventually make a trade like this one. Moving one of his important acquisitions for more prospects would be a step backwards.
I think there are one of two things going here. First is a case of the player speaking through the agent. Johnson made it clear to his agent that Toronto wasn't a destination of choice, and now his agent is saying as much, without coming out and directly saying it.
Johnson and his agent are playing a game in an attempt to garner him a contract. He only has this year left on his deal and then he's a free agent. Either they're holding the Jays "hostage" and want a contract extension, or he doesn't think the Jays will be a good team and it will hurt his chances of putting up good numbers and getting him an expensive contract from someone else.
I hope something gets done here. I want Johnson on the team. I want this team to be relevant again.