Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
Josh Johnson’s Deal a Steal for San Diego
The San Diego Padres welcomed RHP John Johnson to their organization this afternoon at a press conference. The soon-to-be 30-year-old starting pitcher agreed to a one-year, $8M contract with the Friars with a $4M 2015 option if he makes less than seven starts in 2014.
Johnson is coming off of his worst major league season to date with the Toronto Blue Jays. Johnson, who was acquired in last year’s blockbuster trade between Toronto and the Miami Marlins, was a major disappointment in making his transition to the American League. Johnson made only 16 starts for the Canadian club and posted a career-worst 6.20 ERA while allowing 1.7 HR/9. Despite Johnson’s poor results, his peripherals were excellent. Johnson struck out a career-high 9.2 K/9 while recording a 4.62 FIP; numbers that indicate that he should benefit in a pitcher-friendly environment.
Johnson expressed excitement over joining the organization when he talked to fans this afternoon via the San Diego Padres official Twitter:
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 20, 2013
The 30-year-old former two-time All-Star joins Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy atop a very capable Padres rotation.
The significance of the contract is the continuation of market value deals that have been distributed early in the offseason. Teams are splurging early and often on mid-tier free agents or reclamation projects in hopes of striking gold. The San Francisco Giants took a similar risk when they awarded Tim Hudson with a two-year, $23M contract two days ago. Johnson should easily earn his contract if he makes a majority of his starts this season in his effort to rebuild his value before testing the market again next winter.
Photo Credit: Michael Baron