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.