San Francisco Giants ink SP Randy Johnson

by Keith Hernandez on December 26, 2008 @ 01:00:00 PDT reports the San Francisco Giants signed free-agent starting pitcher Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks) to a one-year deal Friday, Dec. 26, for $8 million.

Johnson will join a starting rotation that includes former Cy Young Award winners Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum (last year's winner) along with promising youngsters Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez.

The Big Unit is a five-time Cy Young winner who owns a career record of 295-160. With the Diamondbacks in 2008 he went 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 184 innings pitched.

Johnson's move to San Francisco could be a good move for the 45-year-old southpaw, as AT&T Park is seen as more of a pitchers' park. In seven career starts there, Johnson has a sparkling 2.14 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a .236 opponents' batting average along with 48 strikeouts in 46 1/3 frames. Last year in San Fran he owned a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA in just 12 innings pitched.

The Unit is still considered a late-round fantasy option in mixed fantasy leagues because of his age and potential for injury, but he is more valuable in NL-only formats.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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