Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The San Francisco Giants signed five- time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson to a one-year contract, adding to a rotation that already boasted two holders of Major League Baseballâ€™s premier pitching honor.
Terms of the agreement with the free-agent lefthander, who is five victories shy of becoming the 24th pitcher to reach 300 wins, werenâ€™t disclosed by Brian Sabean, senior vice president and general manager of the team.
Johnson, 45, a 10-time All-Star, has 4,789 strikeouts during his career, the most among lefthanders and second in MLB history to Nolan Ryanâ€™s 5,714.
â€œRandy continues to be one of the most intimidating and competitive pitchers in baseball,â€ Sabean said in a statement on the teamâ€™s Web site. â€œHe commands respect and will have a dramatic influence on the way the 2009 team conducts business.â€
The 21-year veteran, 295-160 with a career 3.26 earned-run average, has pitched two no-hitters, 100 complete games and 37 shutouts in 596 outings for Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona and the New York Yankees.
Johnson joins a Giants a rotation that includes Cy Young Awardees Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito.