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Pirates Are on Josh Johnson’s Short List

Pirates Are on Josh Johnson’s Short List

Yesterday there was a rumor that Josh Johnson preferred the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, due to the proximity to his home in Las Vegas. Today, Travis Sawchik reports via Johnson's agent that the right-hander has the Pirates on his short list of teams.

https://twitter.com/Sawchik_Trib/status/402883487348183040

Sawchik also says that Johnson has narrowed his list to 3-4 teams.

https://twitter.com/Sawchik_Trib/status/402881615883280384

It would make sense that Johnson would be considering the Pirates after the success they've had the last two years with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. Johnson is viewed as the biggest bounce back candidate on the open market, and his odds of bouncing back would seemingly be much better in the Pirates' system. He's a ground ball pitcher who could use some mechanical adjustments. Liriano and Burnett have had success because of some adjustments by Ray Searage, combined with the defensive shifts by the Pirates infield to impro...

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