The Miami Marlins will dangle starter Josh Johnson as “trade bait” this offseason the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Sunday. Despite some talk out of Florida that the Marlins won’t deal Johnson, who can become a free agent after 2014, the 28-year-old could be trade bait says SI.com. The Marlins would likely get a boatload back from teams such as Baltimore, Toronto, Boston, Kansas City, Minnesota, Texas, and the Dodgers. The Red Sox were interested at the trade deadline. The 69-win Marlins look as if they’re cleaning house again and they, like Cleveland, could be a good trading partner for the Red Sox. The injury-prone Johnson pitched a full season in 2012, but he fell off from his performance level in earlier seasons. Still, he went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA and had 165 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings.
Jim Bowden posted on ESPN Insider, that the Braves might consider moving outfielder Martin Prado to third base as a replacement for Chipper Jones, or they might look at trading for a third baseman and look into acquiring one of Chase Headley, Mike Olt, Nolan Arenado, Nick Castellanos or the Mets’ David Wright. Even if Wright were to be traded I doubt the Mets would deal him to the Braves. Sounds like nonsense.
Terry Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, was introduced Monday as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians. Francona signed a four-year contract. With an impressive resume that includes ending Boston’s 86-year drought between world championships, Francona was picked by the Indians over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club’s bench coach before taking over as interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired on Sept. 27. He takes over an Indians team that finished 68-94 and 20 games out of first place in the AL Central.
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses. The Rockies said a search for Tracy’s replacement would begin immediately but they have no time frame for making a hire. Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98. Tracy was promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009. He was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs. The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy.