Apr 16, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Josh Johnson wants to pitch for Padres, Giants

It wasn’t that long ago that Josh Johnson was a Cy Young candidate for the Miami (then Florida) Marlins. But a salary dump trade to the Toronto Blue Jays in late 2012 ended up disappointment and injury as Johnson struggled during his short tenure north of the border.

Now a free agent, Johnson is looking for a more comfortable situation, which apparently is a return to the National League.

According to Hank Schulman, Johnson is looking for a team near his hometown of Las Vegas and has reportedly set his sights on the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

Industry sources tell me FA starter Josh Johnson let the #sfgiants and #padres know early on they were his first choice, close to Vegas home

The San Francisco Giants signed starter Tim Hudson to a two year, $23 million dollar contract on Monday afternoon so that may push the Padres to the top of Johnson’s wishlist as they’ll likely throw a bit more money his way. Regardless, there aren’t many places in Major League Baseball to revive your pitching career than in the spacious and pitcher friendly ballparks of AT&T Stadium and Petco Park.

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