Free agent right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson will be heading to the NL West in 2014 after all. Just, not exactly where some thought he'd go.
Late Tuesday night, sources told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that Johnson agreed with the San Diego Padres on a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $8 million. Johnson was in San Diego Tuesday for a physical and his signing is expected to be announced by the Padres Wednesday.
Johnson's one-year deal includes a $1.25 million performance bonus if he starts 26 games for the Padres in 2014.
Johnson, 29, went to Toronto last year to pitch for a Blue Jays team who flopped in almost every aspect, mainly due to injuries. Johnson, who was one of those casualties due to injury, went just 2-8 for the Jays in 2013 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts. He is 58-45 and carries a 3.40 ERA in his eight-year career in the bigs, seven of which with the Miami Marlins where he was a two-time All-Star in 2009 and 2010.
Johnson joins a Padres staff that includes Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner, lefty Eric Stults and Tyson Ross in San Diego's 2014 rotation. The Padres also have Joe Wieland and left-handers Cory Luebke and Robbie Erlin in the mix for a spot on the staff.
San Diego's pitching staff was in the middle of the pack overall in the National League in 2013.
The Padres ranked 11th in team ERA last season (3.98), 10th in bating average against (.255), and fifth in home runs allowed (156) as San Diego went 76-86 last season, good enough to be tied with the then-defending champion San Francisco Giants for third in the NL West.
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