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 ESPN.com 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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