Report: Toronto Blue Jays will not make Qualifying Offer to Josh Johnson

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Shi Davidi at Sportsnet reports that the Toronto Blue Jays will not offer a qualifying offer to pitcher Josh Johnson. Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet the Toronto Blue Jays will not make a qualifying offer to pitcher Josh Johnson.

The situation was seemingly unthinkable when the season became but for the second year in a row the Toronto Blue Jays had a former All-Star completely fall apart on the mound. It wasn’t exactly on the same level as the fall from grace that Ricky Romero experienced last season since Johnson could actually hit the strike zone (unlike Romero). With decent peripherals there’s a least a glimmer of hope that Johnson can somewhat resurrect himself going forward.

This doesn’t necessarily means that the Blue Jays are done with Johnson either as his agent previously mentioned even if a qualifying offer wasn’t made they would still be more than happy to work out a deal with the team. Jesse F. at Bluebird Banter did an interesting post with different contract scenarios the Jays could try if they do still want to keep Johnson at a lesser rate.

What do you guys think? Should the Blue Jays try to work out a deal with Johnson or has he thrown his last pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays?

Topics: Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

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  • thestever

    1 year $6 million, if he sucks release him

  • Drawbias

    At the right price and contract length, this is an easy deal. Toronto could take a chance on two lower priced reclaim projects like Johan S, but it is not always so easy to sell players on Toronto…

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  • RyanMueller

    Sorry to see JJ go, but it was the right decision.

  • david s

    This story may not be over. It probably is, but JJ may come at a much reduced rate. I just hope that he does not get picked up by the Yankees and he comes back like an Old Testament plague to haunt the Jays. Then dear friends there will a great wringing of hands and knashing of teeth.

  • david s

    Alex Is turning to be tough. The Ninja is turning very business like. Fan fave… goodbye Kawasaki. Fearful of not having enough good starting pitchers… begone JJ. Say what you like about AA, he strikes hard, fast and takes no prisoners. He does not give a damn what we arm chair managers think. That is probably a good thing too.