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Padres make Josh Johnson signing official, Jake Goebbert designated for assignment

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The Padres' re-signing of starting pitcher Josh Johnson is something we've all known about for a long time but as you know, it can sometimes take awhile to initial all the boxes and sign all the lines, especially when you throw a couple holidays in the middle. I'd say he dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's but he doesn't have any of those unless he signs his full name, Joshua Michael Johnson, and who includes their middle name in their signature? At any rate, Johnson is now officially back under contract with the Padres. It's a one-year deal which, as you probably heard last year, is chock-full of incentives.

To make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster, the club designated OF/1B Jake Goebbert for assignment. After being acquired from Oakland for Kyle Blanks last May 15, Goebbert put up strong numbers at AAA El Paso, but was less impressive in his 51 games with the big club. Used primarily as a pinch-hitter, Goebbert slashed .218/ .313/ .317 in 115 PA (101 AB). Oddly, three of his five extra-base hits were triples, bookended by a double and a homer. This was nothing more than an anomaly, as a glance at his minor league numbers bears out.