The San Francisco Giants have signed right handed pitcher and two time All-Star, Josh Johnson, to a minor league contract, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.
The San Francisco Giants have signed two time all-star, Josh Johnson to a minor league deal. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area confirmed.
With a minor league contract, the risk/reward is quite low. Johnson spent most of his career with the Miami Marlins. He was voted fourth in the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year award. He was an all-star in 2009, and in 2010. In 2010 he also finished fifth for the NL Cy Young award.
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After Johnson was traded to Toronto in 2013 as a part of the deal that sent Jose Reyes to Toronto, he went 2-8 and a 6.20 ERA in 19 starts. He was then signed by San Diego in 2014 where he never made an appearance.
Johnson had to undergo Tommy John for a second time in 2014 which never allowed him to pitch. Late in the 2015 season, Johnson underwent Tommy John for the third time cutting his comeback short. Johnson had Tommy John surgery for the first time in 2007, after his stellar rookie season.
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It is unclear as to how he will fit in. Obviously they’ll give him a shot in the Spring if he’s healthy. If he can show good things, you would think it would catapult him into the fifth starter discussion.
However, he could very well be a bullpen addition if he wants to go that route. Considering the plethora of starters they have, it just is unclear how the Giants plan to use him.
The Giants will have Ty Blach, Tyler Beede, Matt Cain, Albert Suarez, Clayton Blackburn, AND Chris Heston all vying for the fifth starter spot. It gets really muddy when you potentially throw in Josh Johnson to that mix.
At least two of them will have to either go to the bullpen, or be stuck in Sacramento, and it just doesn’t seem like Johnson would be one of them.
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