Josh Johnson Prefers San Diego, Will Entertain Other Offers

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According to San Diego Padres’ beat writer Dennis Lin of the UT-San Diego, free agent pitcher Josh Johnson still has the Padres on his mind. Lin reported via his official Twitter account that the oft-injured right-hander, who didn’t throw a single pitch during the regular season for the Padres, has spoken to up to a half dozen other teams, but that he would prefer to remain in San Diego and prove his is healthy to the Padres and their fans.

Johnson, who was once considered a front-of-the-rotation pitcher, is recovering from his second career Tommy John procedure. He was a workhorse during his days with the Florida Marlins, and was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the 2013 season. Johnson struggled with injuries, lost velocity and inconsistent performances. He returned to the National League last season when he signed a one-year deal with the Padres, with a one-year team option for $8 million dollars that would’ve vested had Johnson made at least 8 starts. He didn’t, and the team declined the option. However, both sides have left open the opportunity to reunite, as Johnson appears to have the mindset of “unfinished business” at hand, and of course, wants to get his dollars back up to hit the open market yet again. A solid season in San Diego could help both parties moving forward.

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