OK, So We Forget About Johnson...

San Francisco added a third Cy Young Award winner to their rotation by signing former Arizona ace Randy Johnson to a one-year contract for $8 million. Rumors had the Dodgers interested in the big lefty but in actuality, there was no official word the Dodgers were even involved in negotiations.

The Giants starting rotation will include Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez in 2009.

Johnson is one of the most top pitchers in Major League history. A veteran of 21 big league seasons, he has won five Cy Young Awards and made 10 All-Star teams while compiling a 295-160 career mark with a 3.26 ERA, 100 complete games and 37 shutouts in 596 appearances. He is keenly interested in nailing down his 300th career victory -- he'd be the 24th pitcher to achieve that milestone -- and he ranks second all-time with 4,789 strikeouts.

In 2008 at age 45, Johnson was effective, posting an 11-10 record with a 3.91 ERA in 30 starts for the Diamondbacks. He ranked third among National League pitchers with a 3.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio and sixth with 8.46 strikeouts per nine innings. His 2.41 ERA following the All-Star break ranked fifth among NL hurlers.

Johnson becomes the third Cy Young Award winner on the Giants' staff, joining the NL's reigning winner, Lincecum, and Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award recipient. The last team with three Cy Young winners on the same roster was the 2002 Braves, who boasted Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz.

He's a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., and graduated from Livermore High School in 1982. Johnson was interested in San Francisco from the outset of free agency. And the feeling was mutual. It helped that the Giants are NL West rivals with the D-backs and train in Scottsdale, a short drive from Johnson's home.

Johnson's contract includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses and $2.5 million in awards bonuses, according to an industry source.

The Giants have signed four free agents, more than any other NL West team. They obtained relievers Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry and shortstop Edgar Renteria earlier this offseason.

The Dodgers have signed infielders Casey Blake and Mark Loretta. They are looking to bolster their starting rotation and add an experienced reliever.

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