Josh Johnson is one of the most coveted young pitchers in the all of baseball. The Florida Marlins opened their stubborn purse strings and inked Johnson to a $39 million deal that goes through 2013. The 25-year-old will become one of the few high priced players on the Marlins roster.
Last season, Johnson was 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. In his career, which spans back to 2005, he’s 34-16 with a 3.40 ERA. At 6-foot-7, Johnson uses his size to his advantage and most every scout believes he has a very good future.
Johnson’s success is also a feel good story considering that he had major surgery that limited him to only four starts in 2007 and 14 starts in 2008. His strong return in 2009 was apparently all the Marlins needed to see to believe in his long-term health.
Said Johnson: “I’m excited. It sets up me and my family for life.”
If the Marlins are going to have success in the next few years it will have a lot to do with Johnson’s pitching.