Jun 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays not likely to give Josh Johnson qualifying offer


When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Josh Johnson from the Miami Marlins after the 2012 season, they assumed they’d be getting a front line start. And frankly, what was to tell them otherwise? Despite moving to the American League, Johnson was coming off five consecutive seasons of sub 3.85 ERA’s along with a 2.30 EAR in 2010.

Unfortunately, what they received was an injury prone pitcher who struggled when he was on the mound.

Now, just a year after acquiring him, it’s looking as if the Blue Jays are planning to part ways as the team is not expected to extend a qualifying offer to Johnson:

The Blue Jays are said unlikely to make the $14.1 million qualifying offer to right-hander Josh Johnson, though a final determination apparently hasn’t been made.

While the team could potentially have a change of heart, there’s really little reason to give a player with Johnson’s injury history such an elevated offer.

The pitching free agent market is thin, but the Blue Jays could re-sign Johnson to a much more team friendly contract if they desired. The lone reason the Jays could have a change of heart would be to see if Johnson could regain his health on a one year deal, though, that seems unlikely.

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