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Josh Johnson And The Marlins Come To Agreement

I’ve spoken about it on the radio and wrote about it here on  Josh Johnson wanted a 4-year deal similar to the contract Zach Greinke received last year (4-years and $38 million).  The Florida Marlins would only offer a 3-year deal worth $23 million.  The gap seemed tremendous; something that would probably lead to a one-year deal between the parties before heading to possible arbitration.

But then something very interesting occurred.  Call it fortuitous timing for Josh Johnson and his agent, Matt Sosnick.  The Florida Marlins were told by Major League Baseball and the MLBPA that the team needs to increase its payroll to make it consistent with the money it gets from revenue sharing.  In essence, the baseball world was coming down on the Marlins for not spending enough money on its players.

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said, “In response to our concerns that revenue sharing proceeds have not been used as required, the Marlins have assured the union and the commissioner’s office that they plan to use such proceeds to increase player payroll annually as they move toward the opening of their new ballpark.”  Was this the Marlins’ first action taken to assure the union and commissioner’s office that they will use the proceeds?  The Marlins and Johnson came to an agreement yesterday: 4-years, $39 million.  This looks awfully close to the Greinke contract, and far from the Marlins’ initial demand.  A win for Sosnick and Johnson for taking their time to sign.  One never knows when news will come up to help your side.

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN,

The deal will pay Johnson $3.75 million this season, $7.75 million in 2011 and $13.75 million in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.