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.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.