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Padres Sign Rob Johnson To Minor League Contract

... as a pitcher?

Rob Johnson. Pitching. Really.
Rob Johnson. Pitching. Really.
Dilip Vishwanat

No, you're not reading a repost from three months ago. We're talking about Rob Johnson, not Josh Johnson. The former Padre has been signed to a minor league deal, per Corey Brock.

And I know what you're thinking, because I had the exact same thought on reading the news. "But Rob Johnson is a catcher!" Well, it turns out he was a catcher. He's seen less and less time behind the plate in the big leagues since his days in San Diego (presumably because he can't hit and can't catch), so he's added some pitching to his repertoire. He pitched one inning for the Mets in 2012 and a third of an inning for the Cardinals last year. He even threw a bullpen session for the Padres in 2011.

His career major league ERA is a sterling 0.00. Barring an act of serious desperation by the Padres, it should stay that way.