Josh Johnson’s long-term future with the Blue Jays remains to be seen, but for now the right-hander is looking forward to pitching for his new club in 2013.
The 28-year-old Johnson, whom the Blue Jays acquired earlier this month in a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins, can become a free agent following the 2013 season.
Immediately following the trade, Johnson’s agent gave a radio interview in which he speculated the Blue Jays may flip his client to another team.
But during a guest appearance Thursday on the Brady & Lang morning show on Sportsnet 590 the Fan, Johnson sounded like anything but a man who might be on the move again.
"I’m extremely excited to get (to Toronto) and meet all these guys," said Johnson. "I’ve heard nothing but good things about the city, the fans I’ve heard are amazing, so I’m really excited."
Johnson added his four former Marlins teammates included in the deal with Toronto are some of his favourite people and he expects them make to the adjustment to his new baseball home a smooth one.
"Everybody that’s coming over are awesome guys," he said. "It’s going to be a lot of fun. A lot of fun."
On the mound, Johnson said poor tempo was to blame for an inconsistent 2012 in which he posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.280 WHIP over 31 starts.
"Tempo for me is how I pitch, it’s how I get people out. It’s got to be perfect," he explained. "In 2011 it was and last year it was all over the place.
"I was kind of fighting myself the whole year until about the last 10 starts."
Over his final 10 starts of 2012, Johnson posted a 3.38 ERA and opposing hitters batted .220/.293/.369/.662 against him.