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March 24, 2008
BASEBALL: Reed Johnson For Hire

I would hope the Mets take a look at the newly-unemployed Reed Johnson, cut yesterday by the Blue Jays; the righthanded-hitting Johnson is no star and no power hitter and at 31 is coming off a horrible year after a career year in 2006, but he's a career .308/.371/.462 hitter against lefthanded pitching. That's a free talent who could be useful. Downside is that most of his career power output, such as it is, has come at hitter-friendly SkyDome.

UPDATE (3/25): The Cubs have signed Johnson. The lesson is one any Roto GM knows: when free talent is scarce it goes fast, even when the player involved is nothing special.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:33 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Johnson can't be worse than some of the names I've heard bandied about in trade rumors. He wouldn't be a long term answer, but for a few weeks he could do.

Posted by: largebill at March 24, 2008 2:27 PM

As a Cubs fan, I can't say I'm turning cartwheels over this signing, but given that: a)Jim Hendry seemed hellbent on finding a platoon partner for Felix Pie; and b)the alternative would be to give up talent (and probably more money) for the likes of Marlon Byrd, Coco Crisp, Jay Payton, or Brandon Inge (who isn't even an outfielder for cryin' out loud), I have to say I'm okay with this.

Posted by: Jim Nelson at March 25, 2008 8:08 PM
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