The Padres have a $4 million option on Josh Johnson for next season, and Johsnon has begun an important part in his rehab from surgery. Throwing a baseball.
According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the 31-year old right-hander began to play catch last week. Something that is a positive as he gets ready to try it again in 2015.
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The Padres have three days after the World Series ends to decide whether or not to pick up that option or let him go free. From Johnson’s quotes to Brock, he sounds like a guy who doesn’t want to go anywhere:
"“I look at it [his time in San Diego] as unfinished business,” Johnson said. “It’s been very tough to sit here and watch it all. But I think I’ve actually learned more this year than any other year in the past put together.“And as far as the organization goes, I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. They’ve been amazing. Not just the training staff, either. But everyone here … there’s been a lot of support.”"
Johnson could slide right into the rotation next year, even if he comes in later on in the season. It could be like trading for a guy without giving anyone up, especially if the kids like Jesse Hahn struggle early.
The Padres face one of their biggest off-season decision right way. At least the start of the process for Johnson is beginning.