Jake Roth, USA Today

San Francisco Giants Add Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson may not have been at the top of many free agent lists, but he's the perfect buy low (minor league contract), sell high candidate for the Giants

The odds are stacked against Josh Johnson ever setting foot on the mound at AT&T Park following his third Tommy John surgery, but if he can somehow, some way make the comeback of the year, his track record is easy to get excited about. That said, Johnson hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013 when he was with Toronto and posted a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings. 

In the five seasons from 2008 to 2012, Johnson averaged a 3.06 ERA (2.99 FIP) and an ERA+ of 136. It's tough to see him recapturing the form that saw him garner some MVP love back in 2010 after holding a 2.30 ERA, but as a depth option behind the starting four of Bumgarner, Cueto, Samardzija and Moore, Johnson could be thrown into the mix with Cain, Blach and potentially Stratton for the fifth spot. 

For my money, Johnson could be a contributor out of the bullpen, which could use some depth. Daniel Hudson of the Arizona Diamondbacks underwent two successive Tommy John surgeries and made his return to the big leagues as an effective reliever. 

If the Giants are looking for another potential lottery ticket, Hederson Alvarez is set to hit the free agent market as well, and at just 26 still has plenty of time to get healthy and be a key contributor. 

Johnson will turn 33 at the end of January.


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