Padres decline $4 million option on Josh Johnson

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According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, the Padres have declined a $4 million club option on right-hander Josh Johnson for 2015.

Johnson signed a one-year, $8 million contract with San Diego last offseason, but he got hurt in spring training and had the second Tommy John surgery of his career in April. The 2015 option triggered because he started fewer than seven games in 2014.

The Padres understandably weren’t interested in taking the gamble for $4 million, but Brock hears that they’ll try to to work out a lesser deal and that there’s mutual interest. Johnson turns 31 in January and will likely have a late start on the 2015 season even if there aren’t any setbacks in his rehab. Given his injury history, it’s hard to count on him.