Josh Johnson was supposed to help lead the Blue Jays’ big franchise turnaround this season and then strike it rich on the free agent market this winter.
But none of that stuff will wind up happening.
According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday — for the second time this year — due to lingering forearm tightness. He missed all of May with a triceps issue and has posted a brutal 6.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 16 starts this season when healthy. The last-place Jays will carry a 54-64 record into Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Red Sox.
Johnson, 29, entered the 2013 season — his contract year — with a 133 career ERA+. It’s now 124.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.