Skin Blues wrote:I was hoping the Jays would go after Johnson this off-season, so now if he makes Type A, they won't lose a pick. And if they don't sign him, they get a pick or two. Plus, they got rid of two useless middle infielders. I like it. Hill has been beyond horrible for two seasons, and Macdonald was god awful with a bat in his hands, albeit he was a fan favourite that could sign with the Jays again next season.
I'm going to have to concur here... either the D'Backs got some cash to pay Hill's buyout, or it makes no sense from their standpoint.
If they don't sign him then I'm not so sure they will get a pick. For one, Johnson would probably be crazy to decline arbitration especially if he is a Type A. And if he did decline arbitration and is still Type A I'm not sure how many teams would be willing to go after him. If the Jays plan on him being a more long term stop gap until Hech or whomever is ready to go at 2B then certainly trading for him saved them a pick. If they got him just to play out the year and then try and scoop up extra comp picks then I don't think it was a great idea.