The San Diego Padres and Josh Johnson have agreed to $8 million, one-year contract.
That likely puts the 6-foot-7 right-hander, who was an All-Star with the Florida/Miami Marlins but hurt while with the Toronto Blue Jays, at the front of the San Diego pitching rotation.
But what does it mean for Middlebury resident and Bethel College Hall of Famer Eric Stults, a left-hander in the Padres rotation?
It likely means that Stults will have to show well in spring training in Peoria, Ariz., to hold on to one of the five spots.
As of right now, the rotation looks like Johnson, 6-6 right-hander Andrew Cashner and 6-6 right-hander Tyson Ross will occupy the first three positions with 6-foot Stults and 6-foot right-hander Ian Kennedy in the mix for the last two starting slots.
Stults, who turns 34 on Dec. 9, went 11-13 with a 3.93 earned run average in 2013, including 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in his last 10 appearances.