According to ESPN, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Josh Johnson has signed with the San Diego Padres. Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Johnson signs with San Diego Padres

According to ESPN, former Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher has signed with the San Diego Padres. Jerry Crasnick at is reporting that the deal is a one-year deal worth $8 million with an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses if Johnson makes 26 starts.

The Blue Jays did not extend a qualifying offer to Johnson so will not receive a draft pick from the Padres as compensation for the signing.

Johnson was 2-8 for the Blue Jays in 2013 and posted a 6.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. However a much better 3.58 xFIP and 2.77 SO/BB ratio made many wonder if it was simply an outlier season for the 6’7 right-handed pitcher.

Crasnick writes that the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals were also suitors for Johnson. His source says that Johnson turned down bigger one-year offers in order to pitch at Petco.

Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports also points out a unique clause on Twitter. If Johnson makes less than seven starts in 2014 than San Diego will have a $4 million club option for 2015.

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  • Justin Jay

    See Mike! $8 million plus incentives… sounds a lot better than that $10M that people were talking about. Screw that!

    • Michael Wray

      It basically works out the same if he can play a full season. I think the club option twist is a very smart move by the Padres. I can’t blame the Jays for cutting ties with Johnson but I thought we’d see at least a bit of effort from Anthopoulos to work out an incentive-laden deal. But he doesn’t really seem to do those.

  • RyanMueller

    It was a smart move for JJ to sign with Padres so that he could pitch in one of, if not THE, friendliest pitchers park in the league. I am sure he is hoping that this will hide his mistakes. It will be interesting to see his splits at the end of 2014.

  • David Ross

    8 million for a pitcher who had his worst year of his career what a joke,