Right handed starting pitcher Josh Johnson didn’t necessarily have a great 2013 season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Now heading into the market, Johnson wasn’t guarantee’d to make the type of money guys like Matt Garza or Ricky Nolasco will most likely get, but he wouldn’t come cheap. Most one year contracts are flashed to pitchers looking to rebound in hopes of a come back season.
Not only does it allow them to have the option to test the market next season, but it gives the club who picks them up an opportunity to see if they want to work out an extension or let them walk. Johnson finished the 2013 season with a 2-8 record with 16 starts, 83 strike outs and a 6.20 ERA.
The contract is said to be a one year deal worth around $8 million according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Johnson can also make an additional $1.25 million if he makes or eclipses 26 starts this season. He also has a $4 million option for the 2015 season.
If Johnson can manage to stay healthy, he could have a better season than he did this year. A fresh start is usually what a guy needs but we’ll just have to see. He spent most of his career with the Florida/Miami Marlins before moving onto the Toronto Blue Jays last Winter.
So what do you think San Diego Padres fans, do you like the signing of Johnson? Or will this come back and bite the Padres?
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