Last offseason the Padres signed Josh Johnson to a one-year deal hoping the once-dominant right-hander would get healthy and bounce back, but instead he missed the entire season.
San Diego declined its $4 million option on Johnson, making him a free agent, but now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres have re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $1 million in guaranteed money and $8.25 million in incentives.
Johnson has a 3.40 ERA with 915 strikeouts in 998 career innings and is still just 30 years old, so for a minimal commitment he definitely makes sense for the Padres. If they can get one healthy season combined between Johnson and Brandon Morrow they should be pretty happy.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.