Josh Johnson Opts For Pitcher Friendly Park In Signing With Padres
Josh Johnson opted to sign with the San Diego Padres and their spacious pitcher friendly ball park on a one year 8 million dollar deal with an extra 1.25 in incentives for exceeding 26 starts. The pitcher inked the deal on the one year anniversary of the blockbuster trade that sent him packing north of the border to the Toronto Blue Jays. The 6’7″ right hander imploded on Canadian soil in an injury riddled campaign with the Blue Jays.
Johnson will attempt to re-establish his value with the Padres and then re-enter free agency next winter hopeful of a long-term deal. The Padres have a $4 million dollar option for 2015 if Johnson fails to make at least 7 starts in 2014. It was rumored that Johnson had narrowed his choices down to 4 teams with the Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates at the top of the list.
Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos was on Prime Time Sports prior to the signing and had this to say about the Johnson situation[quote] “I followed up last week just to see where they were at with it, The door is still open, the conversation is still there, but I get the sense that there might be better options for him in some other spots.”[/quote]
The Padres are hopeful Johnson can improve on his disastrous 2013 season where he posted an embarrassing earned run average of 6.20 in 16 starts for the Blue Jays. The hurler managed only 2 wins all season as a member of the Blue Jays, a lack lustre season that changed the entire complexion of the mega trade with the Miami Marlins.
If Johnson can return to form he will join a formidable rotation with the likes of Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner at the helm moving forward for the Padres. As for the Blue Jays, Johnson adds a little salt to the wound signing with his new team on the 1-year anniversary the promising trade was matriculated.