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Report: Josh Johnson would prefer to pitch for the Giants or Padres

Nov 18, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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Free agent right-hander Josh Johnson has two teams at the top of his list among potential landing spots, both of whom could put him in excellent position for a rebound season.

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson let the Giants and Padres know early on in the free agent process that they were his first choice. It helps that both teams have pitcher-friendly stadiums, but they are also a closer trip to his home in Las Vegas.

It’s unclear whether the Giants’ reported deal with Tim Hudson could have an impact on the team’s pursuit, but Johnson likely won’t require more than a one-year deal since he’s hoping to reestablish his value. The 29-year-old is coming off a 6.20 ERA over 16 starts in an injury-plagued season and had surgery last month to remove bone spurs in his elbow.

  1. asimonetti88 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    What about the Angels? We are even closer to Vegas and we have spots in the rotation and could use someone to bolster. If he’s looking for a place where he will get a shot to re-establish himself, I think he could have a chance here.

    • fat4jc - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      seems like he wants to return to the NL…

    • djpostl - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      He wants no DH, big ass pitcher-friendly parks etc…

      Just oozes confidence -_-

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        :) well most in his position would do the same thing. If he has bounce back season on his one yr contract, you just KNOW there will be at least one G.M. who will give him a long term big buck contract…

  2. jcioffi1485 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    the man has a glass arm.

  3. knowlegeforyou - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    As a Braves fan who just lost Hudson, my fingers are crossed

  4. buffalo65 - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    That he comes or he doesn’t?

  5. jwbiii - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    If I had an 18% HR/FB rate last season, I would also be looking for a bigger park.

  6. icanspeel - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    He is right up the Padres alley.. cheap opportunity for 1 year while he tries to prove himself in a pitcher friendly park.

  7. henryd3rd - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Has Pittsburgh moved West since I last went on line? If he wants to pitch close to his home in Los Wages why on earth would he choose Pittsburgh?

    • aso513 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Ray Searage.

  8. gloccamorra - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Why would he want to be a Giant or a Padre? They both had losing seasons last year – doesn’t he want to WIN?

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