According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, right handed starting pitcher Josh Johnson has a agreed to a one year deal with the San Diego Padres.
The deal has a base salary of $8 million, but there are performance bonuses included as well.
Johnson, 29, had a horrific, injury plagued year for Toronto in 2013. He had a 6.20 ERA to go along with an unsightly 1.66 WHIP.
Although Johnson’s numbers were terrible, his stuff was still there – making him a good bet to bounce back (if he’s able to stay healthy).
According to Crasnick, Johnson sought out the Padres and turned down more lucrative one year offers from other clubs to sign there.
Johnson is a risk, but he was the best low risk/high reward option on the free agent market.
Johnson would’ve been a good fit for the Mets, but they clearly had no shot to land him if he turned down higher offers in order to sign where he wanted to play – which was in San Diego.
There’s nothing the Mets, or any other club, could’ve done to land Johnson (save for guaranteeing multiple years or offering an outlandish amount of money).
On to the next one.