Report: Josh Johnson is “on the verge” of re-signing with the Padres


The Padres signed Brandon Morrow earlier this week and now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the club is “on the verge” of re-signing Josh Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late April. He became a free agent in October after the Padres declined a $4 million option on him for 2015, but there was mutual interest in getting a new deal done.

Johnson might not be ready until a couple of months into the 2015 season, but Passan hears that his new deal is expected to include “big incentives” based on games started. If even one of Morrow or Johnson turns out to be a significant contributor next season, the Padres will probably be thrilled.