Here are two things for you to try to reconcile:
One exec on Marlins' ask on Johnson: "Go to Baseball America handbook and take the top three prospects."— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 27, 2012
Alllllll right. The Marlins are reportedly asking way too much for Josh Johnson, but the Marlins are reportedly determined to trade Josh Johnson, with the Rangers in the mix. The Rangers, who are smart enough not to pay out the ass for Josh Johnson. It's almost like trades and prices are negotiable!
It's not a surprise to see the Rangers involved, since the Rangers have reportedly had their sights set on a top-of-the-line starter in the Johnson or Zack Greinke mold. It's a bit of a surprise to read that the Marlins are "leaving no doubt" that they intend to trade Johnson, but that's just one report and Johnson hasn't gone anywhere yet. As he's under contract through next season, and as he's a terrific pitcher, he would fetch a considerable haul.
The Rangers, naturally, aren't the only team talking to the Marlins about Johnson at the moment. The 28-year-old righty owns a career 134 ERA+, and has bounced back nicely from a shoulder problem in 2011.