Josh Johnson rumors: Pirates among 3-4 finalists for RHP

Tom Szczerbowski

Several teams appear to be willing to take a flyer on the veteran and a deal could be coming sooner rather than later.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the three or four clubs that free agent starter Josh Johnson is considering signing with this winter, reports Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

More Bucs: Top 10 Prospects

Johnson, 29, is reportedly on the market for a one-year deal to rebuild his value and several teams seem interested. The right-hander has been hampered by arm problems the past several seasons -- and lost significant velocity in 2013 -- but still has the upside of a top-flight starter.

Johnson's agent thinks that the veteran could sign somewhere soon, per Sawchik, and it won't necessarily be with the Bucs. The right-hander's stated wishes are to play (relatively) close to his Las Vegas home, with the Giants and Padres emerging as favorites among nearby locales.

Johnson owns a 4.52 ERA in 272⅔ innings over the last two seasons, but posted a 2.43 ERA in 453 innings in the three years before that. Whoever ends up signing Johnson will be putting money down on the hopes that the latter pitcher will show up for Spring Training in 2014.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Yankees, Cano "have nothing to talk about" | Mets interested

What package might the Blue Jays get for Jose Bautista?

Alex Trebek trolls the Astros on "Jeopardy"

MLB trade rumors | Nathan "loves" Detroit | Wieters wants Mauer money

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.