Padres decline Josh Johnson's $4 million option

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have declined right-hander Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

Johnson didn't throw a pitch for the Padres in 2014 while making $8 million. He suffered an elbow injury during spring training and underwent reconstructive surgery.

Johnson could return to the Padres for a lesser deal.

Johnson is eligible to become a free agent on Friday, while right-hander Tim Stauffer became a free agent on Thursday.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.