Report: Padres signing former top Cubs prospect Pierce Johnson

The San Diego Padres reportedly are signing right-hander Pierce Johnson to a two-year, $5 million deal following a strong season in Japan by the former Chicago Cubs prospect.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Monday that the deal includes a team option for a third season.



Johnson was 2-3 with a 1.38 ERA and a 91-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 58 2/3 inning of relief last season with the Hanshin Tigers. He had 40 holds in 58 appearances.

The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season with the San Francisco Giants, going 3-2 with a 5.56 ERA in 37 relief appearances.

He was a first-round pick by Chicago in 2012 and made his big-league debut with one inning of relief for the Cubs in 2017.

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