The Los Angeles Dodgers made a huge splash earlier this week by acquiring Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Marlins.

Ned Colletti has made it clear that the Dodgers are still in search of an impact bat and front line starter before the trade deadline.

It’s no secret that the Dodgers and Cubs have been trying to find common ground for a Ryan Dempster deal, however no progress has been made.

That brings us to Miami Marlins ace pitcher Josh Johnson.

Johnson is 28 years old and under team control through next season at $13.5M. If healthy he can compliment Clayton Kershaw very well in our rotation.

The question isn’t if the Dodgers want Johnson, it’s simply can they afford the cost to acquire an elite front line start under team control through 2013.

Jayson Stark reports,

Dempster to Dodgers isn’t dead. But heard from other clubs that LA is also in on Josh Johnson & waiting to see if price drops on Shields

While Jon Heyman passes on,

With the Dodgers and Cubs seemingly at an impasse in Ryan Dempster talks, the Dodgers are looking at Josh Johnson and James Shields as rotation alternatives.

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Johnson was shut down for the final 28 games in 2010 and 122 games in 2011 due to shoulder inflammation. You might question his durability, but you can’t second guess his raw talent.

At 28 years old and only a year left on his contract, Johnson is a risk worth taking.