Josh Johnson is talking to five or six teams


Free agent pitcher Josh Johnson is talking to five or six teams, Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego reports. The Padres remain the right-hander’s first choice.

Johnson, 30, signed a one-year $8 million deal with the Padres for the 2014 season, but he suffered an elbow injury during spring training¬†and didn’t pitch at all during the regular season. He underwent revision Tommy John surgery on his right elbow towards the end of April.

As a result of Johnson starting so few games, a clause in Johnson’s contract activated a $4 million club option for the 2015 season, but the Padres turned it down on October 30.