Jun 24, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Josh Johnson (55) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Johnson Signs One Year Deal with Padres


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.

Thoughts:

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.

 

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  • Joe.02

    I respect those who agree to less money to go to a favored team. Like, if LaTroy Hawkins wanted to & actually liked NY as much as he said at times, he easily could have stuck with the Mets. The differential salary-wise was relatively trivial (for high paid athletes). Sometimes, it’s the extra year(s). Not the case here.

    Don’t begrudge LH — good luck. Just saying.