Josh Byrnes Takes a Sip of Coffee

Josh Johnson is a San Diego Padre

As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of, the Padres and free agent starting pitcher Josh Johnson have agreed to a one-year deal.

The deal includes an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses if Johnson makes 26 starts, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam Tuesday and the contract is expected to be announced by the club Wednesday.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports had a little more in his article about the club option for 2015 Johnson agreed to.

I don’t know what to say. Johnson said he was interested in playing either in San Francisco or San Diego, and Josh Byrnes actually listened.

What say you? Like it? Hate it? Wish Byrnes would drink the rest? You know what to do.


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  • LanceRichardson

    A rotation of (in no particular order) Cashner, Johnson, Ross, Kennedy, and Schultz, with Leubke, Kelly, and Wieland on the way? Last year’s opening day starter was Volquez… need I say more?

    • Drew Tweedie

      I haven’t been around long, but the leap of quality in the starting rotation in one year is mind-boggling. Not to mention Wisler on the way and Smith chomping at the bit in AAA.

      • ballybunion

        That’s what’s encouraging about the Padres: they’ll have one or two prospect starters ready every year for the next three or four years. The tough part is knowing which ones to keep and which to trade to fill holes. If Josh Byrnes has the golden touch, the Padres could be contenders for the next decade.

    • LanceRichardson

      Schultz??? I meant Stults.

  • Drew Tweedie

    Sweet deal. I remember the Padres rolling into Miami in 2010 and Latos bested Johnson in his best statistical year. Obviously circumstances changed, but if you had told me back then that Johnson would be pitching for the Padres before he was 40, I would’ve been ecstatic (and also a little disheartened when you told me Latos was gone).

    Padres still need to figure out what they’re gonna do with Headley, but solid opening move for 2014.

    • Ivan Verastica

      Before he was 31? How about that?

  • Lonnie Brownell

    Ian Kennedy sure is happy that Johnson has signed, judging from his picture in Crasnick’s tweet. Me too, Ian. I hope both of you guys do solid, if not quite Cy Youngish work this season.

    • Drew Tweedie

      I noticed this, and then promptly forgot in my overall excitement. Your execution is far better than what I was going for, so I’ll simply like it and smile politely.

  • pat

    Great move. High upside with risk, of course. Love the option for next year if he’s unable to make enough starts.

    • ballybunion

      If he can’t make seven starts, would the Padres want him the next year, even at half price? I would think the $4 mil for 2015 would make him a decent gamble for somebody else who has somebody the Padres want in trade.