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Eyeing potential bounce back candidates on one to two year deals, Free Agent starter Josh Johnson is among the pitchers the Pirates checked in on at the GM Meetings, a team source says. In fact, Johnson is at the top of the Pirates wishlist, the source said.
When reached for comment, Johnson’s agent Matt Sosnick told Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com that no “specifics” have been discussed with the Pirates at this point, though, Sosnick confirmed interest between the two sides.
Pitching in the American League for the first time in his career, the 29 year old Johnson struggled last season going 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA for the Blue Jays. Johnson had a great three year run with the Marlins from 2009-2011 going 29-12 during that span. Johnson posted a 2.30 ERA in 28 starts during the 2010 season.
Johnson made $13.75 million in 2012.
The Pirates intend to add a starting pitcher via free agency or trade and in free agency the focus seems to be on bounce back candidates like last off-season with Francisco Liriano.