The Padres are "getting close" to a one-year deal with right-hander Josh Johnson, according to a major-league source. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the parameters of a deal are in place, with Johnson set to receive $1 million in guaranteed money on the deal that can reach $7.25 million if all incentives are reached.
Johnson, who missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has been leaning towards re-signing with San Diego all winter, as we reported at the beginning of the month. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the deal is expected to come with a guarantee of under $2 million, with incentives that could push its total to around $8 million.
The impending signing of Johnson comes just two days after the Padres agreed to a deal with right-hander Brandon Morrow, who is also injury-prone and received an incentive-laden deal. The team will likely head to spring training with a rotation of Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne, with Morrow, Johnson and Robbie Erlin providing depth at the back-end of the group.
In nine major league seasons, Johnson is the owner of a lifetime 3.40 ERA while being named to two All-Star teams in 2009 and 2010. He struggled in sixteen starts with the Blue Jays in 2013, posting a 2-8 record and 6.20 ERA.