As the baseball season comes to a close and the winds of winter start to creep in there’s one thing that continues to keep things warm in the baseball world, the hot stove. The San Francisco Giants will be looking to grab some pieces this offseason to possibly strengthen the team. Right off the bat the Giants look to sign some possible pitching help for with the signing of pitcher Josh Johnson to a minor league deal.
Johnson hasn’t pitched since 2013 when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2013 he was off and on the disabled list with forearm soreness, which eventually lead him to opt for his second Tommy John surgery. In 2016 after signing with the San Diego Padres, Johnson would undergo his third Tommy John surgery. He would not pitch the whole year.
Injuries aside, Johnson’s career has had up and down success. He’s a two-time All-Star and finished fifth in Cy Young voting in 2010 while with the Miami Marlins. With the top four spots set for the Giants rotation, Johnson’s signing could be a look towards that bottom spot if Matt Cain continues to get hurt and perform below his worth.
Johnson’s signing is a perfect low risk with possible high reward if it works out in the minors. With Johnson reporting to the AAA Sacramento River Cats, the Giants will be hoping that maybe this little experiment works out and could be a sleek pickup in this shallow off season free agent pool. Time will tell if Johnson’s 3 Tommy John surgeries will do in his career as a pitcher or he can use this chance to prove himself in a spot that might just be a perfect fit.