Report: Padres sign Josh Johnson

by Nov 19, 11:33 PM

After a disastrous 2013 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays, Josh Johnson has bolted to the opposite side of the continent, signing a one-year, $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, hoping to rehabilitate his career in the forgiving confines of Petco Park.

Along with eight million guaranteed dollars, Johnson will earn a bonus if he can start 26 games for the Padres.

And while Johnson has added incentive to stay healthy, the Padres insured themselves, should Johnson get hurt:

It should come as no surprise that the nine-year veteran is headed back to the National League, where he, for the most part, was a dominant pitcher.

Although the money Johnson will receive in San Diego is nothing to sneeze at, the 29-year-old was figured to be the biggest fish of the 2014 free agent class before winning just two games -- with an ERA of 6.20 -- in 16 starts with Toronto.

The contract agreed upon Tuesday is a far-cry from the rumors at this time last season, where pundits believed Johnson could sign one of the richest contracts for a pitcher in baseball history.

But despite his lost season, there was no shortage of interest from teams looking to roll the dice.