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01:57 AM ET 11.26 | Josh Johnson's contract ends in 2013 after getting paid $13.75 million for the year with the Blue Jays. He will be going into the 2014 season with more than seven years of MLB service as a top tier pitcher. It's hard to tell where exactly his value will stay going forward, especially with declining fastball velocity and without having thrown a full season in the very talented AL East. There's a precedent of top tier pitching in the past being awarded overvalued extensions and free agent contracts ( Barry Zito, Mike Hampton, John Lackey and A.J. Burnett come to mind), as well as players who do live up to their value, but have very expensive contracts (like Jered Weaver, Mike Mussina, CC Sabathia and possibly Cliff Lee). It's a gamble that Alex Anthopoulos is familiar with, since he signed Jose Bautista to a five year, $65 million contract after one year of amazing success that may have pointed to being an outlier season. It worked on that deal, but he might not strike gold twice. He has a number of options he can take involving Johnson.

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November 27, 2012  07:14 AM ET

Johnson will have a number of his own options.

This article is even worse when you click into it. The author acts like Anthopoulos has the power to do as he chooses with Johnson.

The author also finds it odd that the Jays haven't done anything since the blockbuster trade.

"It???s been a whole five days since Alex Anthopoulos has done any major transactions, which is odd after that whirlwind week of Blue Jays moves. "

Continued activity at that pace would be much more odd.

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November 27, 2012  09:27 AM ET

There will a lot of factors then to consider, his health, have the Jays won with him, and if not will they have a fire sale like the Fish have done more than once.

November 27, 2012  12:42 PM ET
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"It's hard to tell where exactly his value will stay going forward, especially with declining fastball velocity and without having thrown a full season in the very talented AL East."The writer is assuming he knows the future. And with that knowledge, he is writing a Jays blog. Which may be the only thing dumber than what he actually wrote.

Talented guy but he gets hurt a lot. If he can post good numbers this year in the AL East it sure would help him retain his value.

November 27, 2012  02:28 PM ET

This guy has got great stuff and hasn't put it all together yet, he needs a pitching coach that he will listen to and help guide him through his issues.

 
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