Potential Offseason Target: Josh Johnson
By Mike Lacy
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Coming off of a disappointing 2013 season, the Phillies will likely have a busy offseason ahead of them. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be taking a look at some of the players they might target.
2013 Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Key 2012 stats: 2-8 W-L, 6.20 ERA, 83 K, 30 BB
Josh Johnson was once considered one of the best young pitchers in baseball. His league leading 2.30 ERA in 2010 made people think he was set to dominate the National League East for years to come.
In the years since, injuries have severely limited his effectiveness. The Blue Jays traded for him before the 2013 season, hoping that he’d experience a turnaround, but he once again spent a lot of time on the disabled list, making only 16 starts.
Why He Might be a Good Fit
Johnson is still only 29 years old, and he’s generally been effective when healthy. There’s still hope that he’ll be able to move past his injury issues and re-establish himself as a great pitcher.
Why He Might Not be a Good Fit
Johnson just doesn’t seem to be able to stay healthy. Considering how much money the Phillies have spent on injured players the past few seasons, they can’t afford much more dead money.
Depending on how much he costs, Johnson could be a low-risk, high-reward candidate. The real question is: Can he stay healthy? At this point, it’s hard to depend on Johnson to last an entire season. Considering how weak the Phillies pitching depth proved to be in 2013, it would be tough for them to take that kind of chance.