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.