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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.