LSU Term Sheet Reveals More Modest Salary for Wes Johnson
Sunday evening, we found out that Minnesota Twins pitching coach, Wes Johnson, was leaving the organization for Louisiana State University. On Monday, it was reported by The Athletic that his new salary would be worth double what he was making with the Twins.
But after a records request at the school was fulfilled later in the afternoon, we’re finding that not to be the case at all. The request was filed by LSU’s beat reporter for The Athletic, Brody Miller. The term sheet he was granted shows a much smaller salary for Wes Johnson, than the $750K first reported.
Instead, Johnson will make near the same money ($380K/yr + incentives) with his new collegiate employer, as what he was making with the Twins.
Term sheet for new #LSU pitching coach Wes Johnson says he signed a three-year deal paying him $380K per year, plus postseason incentives.— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) June 27, 2022
Sources told @DanHayesMLB he was making about $400K with the Twins. pic.twitter.com/120i0hm97C
Wes Johnson Wanted Out, But Why?
It’s clear that Wes Johnson was motivated to leave the Minnesota Twins. It’s just not clear as to why, or what made him jump ship mid-voyage. A huge bump in salary, for a job that wouldn’t have been available in October, made sense.
That doesn’t appear to be what happened, though. Sure, Johnson has family in the south and life as a pitching coach in the NCAA may be less-taxing too. But timing matters. And the profound confusion, surrounding his departure and new salary, makes it all the more brow-raising.
Still, questions about how much Wes is getting paid with LSU could go down in history as a mystery because even at The Athletic, where all of this reporting is taking place, they have no idea how much he’s really making.
Wes Johnson’s base LSU salary is $380,000 as reported by @BrodyAMiller.— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) June 27, 2022
Multiple industry sources said total compensatory package potentially in neighborhood of $750,000.
He made $400,000 w/ #MNTwins this season.
When asked about package, Johnson: “I can’t comment on that.”
"My family is above the game of baseball … The Twins are a great organization this place is awesome. It purely comes down to my family."— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR) June 27, 2022
Wes Johnson and others speak about his move to LSU pic.twitter.com/SDuwpnDAB2
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan