Friday, December 18, 2009
Nick Johnson back in Pinstripes
You can come home again, just ask Nick Johnson. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. In 2002 and 2003 he shared 1B and DH duties with Jason Giambi. He was dealt after the 2003 season to the Montreal Expos along with Juan Rivera and Randy Choate for Javier Vazquez.
What Nick Johnson will bring to the table is a career OBP of .402. If this does indeed spell the end of Johnny Damon in New York, he would be a good replacement in the two spot of the Yankee lineup. He lacks the speed of Damon but he doesn't strike out a whole lot, he's going to put the ball in play and he has a great eye. He'll definitely be a better fit in the two spot than Granderson would be.
Your main concern for Nick Johnson will be injuries. He broke his hand with the Yankees in 2003. He broke his cheek bone in 2004 when he got hit in the face with a baseball. In 2006 he had a collision that led to him breaking his femur. If he can remain healthy the 1 year deal at 5.75 million dollars that the Yankees gave him would be a bargain. Welcome home Nick Johnson, glad to see you back in the Bronx.