[QUOTE]Josh Johnson knew his time with the Marlins was likely coming to an end. He just didn't know it would happen so quickly.
The hard-throwing right-hander figured there was still enough time to make one more run at the postseason with Miami. Instead, Johnson now finds himself as a member of the Blue Jays following the recent 12-player blockbuster trade between the two organizations.
There was a sense of disbelief when details of the trade slowly began to emerge earlier this month, but as time goes by, Johnson finds himself more and more excited about the possibilities in Toronto.
"At first, it was a little bit of a shock," Johnson said during a conference call with reporters late Thursday afternoon. "I've only known one thing, and that's the Marlins ever since 2002, when I got drafted. They've always been good to me, but as soon as I slept on it, I woke up the next day and I was excited."
Johnson is exactly the type of high-caliber talent the Blue Jays have been searching for the past couple of years. He has the ability to become a solidifying force at the top of Toronto's rotation and possesses the type of overpowering stuff that often translates well to the hitter-friendly American League East.
The 28-year-old has proven in the past that he has the talent to be an ace. In 2010, Johnson posted an 11-6 record with a sparking 2.30 ERA, striking out 186 batters in 183 2/3 innings. Those impressive numbers came on the heels of a strong 2009 campaign in which he had a 3.23 ERA in 209 innings./QUOTE]
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