Spoke with Omar Minaya after the game. He said they’ll talk tonight about Reed Johnson, recently released by Toronto.
In 79 games last season, he hit .236 with two homers and 14 RBI.
I’m not so sure that’s a cartwheels type of move. Any thoughts?
He hits lefties pretty well. Seems like something worth exploring.
He hit .325 against lefthanders last year with a .913 OPS. From 2005 through 2007, he hit .305 vs. lefties. Might be valuable if they have room on the roster for him.
I keep thinking he will never get his power back because of the back surgery. I always think about Mattingly when it comes to players with back problems. Mattingly was never the same player and the Blue Jays must be thinking this or why else would they release him.
If he wants to sign and play at New Orleans I would take a chance, but at this time Pagan or Clark are still better choice’s.
At this point I’d think he’s a “low risk, high reward” guy. I think that used to be Steve Phillips’s old line, and it rings true here. Aside from forking over some cash, they dont have to give up anything to get him…and if he works out, he works out…if not you can cut him.
Now on the other hand, you can make the case that maybe we have too many OF’s….I’d say Pagan deserves a first shot, I haven’t really followed Clark all that well this Spring, so I dunno how he’s done, but I might take Johnson over him.
hit .319 in center field in 06 – last year was do to back injuries and still hit lefties well- says he’s better this year hitting .289 – cut because they went cheap not because he was ineffective…. not sure if hes an up grade over Clark but not a bad pickup if they did it…
The two previous seasons he put up solid numbers. hits 319 – 12 hrs 49 rbis. 269 8 hrs 58 rbis. Ummm hes not bad and this is the NL he can hit Nl pitchers.
Does nothing for me. Let Pagan play
If he takes a minor league deal as another backup, fine.
I’d rather give Brady Clark a shot… and I don’t even see where he would fit on the roster.
Johnson used to be a useful hitter before the back injury, but we already have more than enough health-related question marks.
I would take him and he would replace Brady Clark on the roster.
Brady Clark PROBABLY would be more willing to accept an assignment.
But by signing Johnson, he should be on a short leash.
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