Josh Johnson signs with San Diego Padres

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

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.

Topics: Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

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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!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ 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,

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