Padres “working” to re-sign Josh Johnson


San Diego declined a $4 million option on Josh Johnson after he missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Padres are now “working” to re-sign him.

When healthy Johnson has a long history of being an elite starter–he led the league in ERA in 2010 and from 2008-2012 he threw 732 innings with a 3.06 ERA–but unfortunately his injury history is even longer.

After an injury wrecked 2013 season with the Blue Jays he signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Padres, but then got hurt in spring training and went under the knife.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.