Giants Sign Randy Johnson and Welcome Home The Big Unit

Claire ReclosadoSenior Analyst IDecember 26, 2008

Although a day late, the San Francisco Giants revealed what Santa has been working on this holiday season.  Pitcher Randy Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Giants on Dec. 26 for an undisclosed amount.

The 45-year-old is a five-time Cy Young Award winner and will be looking to join the elusive 300-win club. Johnson is five wins shy of the 300 mark and will be the 26th pitcher to hit the milestone.

Johnson proved to be successful in 2008 after missing most of the 2007 season dealing with a back injury that eventually led to the removal of a surgically repaired disc. During the season, Johnson started 30 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks earning an 11-10 record and a 3.91 ERA. Among National League pitchers, he ranked 3rd with a 3.93 K/BB ratio and was 6th with 8.46 K/9.  He moved up to second on the all-time strikeout leaders list, finishing the season with 4,789 SO. His 100th career complete game was recorded on Sep. 28 against the Colorado Rockies.


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