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The Yankees consider bringing Nick Johnson back

Dec 17, 2009, 10:20 AM EDT

The New York Post reports that the Yankees are talking to former Expo Nick Johnson (we must mention the Expos whenever possible lest they slip from our collective consciousness forever) to be their DH.  The thinking is that if he signs on for that gig, Johnny Damon becomes an afterthought, because there won’t be a DH slot to cycle him through in order to give some playing time to Melky and Gardner and that gang.

I don’t think that having Johnson means that the door is closed on Damon — the Yankees haven’t been reported to be thinking that Damon would spend a ton of time DHing, and having both of hem in the fold would make for a very, very nice offense — but bringing him in would bring even more pressure to bear on Damon and Boras.

And while we’re on the subject of Nick Johnson — who could probably be had for sub-Matsui money — allow me to urge the General Manager of my Atlanta Braves to cut this whole conversation short by signing Johnson and his .400 OBP and giving him the first base job. It would be nice to have a guy who could take a walk and be on base for Chipper Jones and Brian McCann once in a while, mmmkay? 

  1. hop - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Great move if they can sign him and forget all about Damon, he had his chance but he wants a 4 year deal, let him go shop that around to the other teams.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    I can see little sense in the Universe HAVING a designated DH (pardon the redundancy). Even though Godzilla is gone and if Johnny comes back (still thinking 2Yr/23M), let’s count the games:
    Posada 60 as DH
    ARod 20
    Jeter 15
    Damon 30
    Whatever the count, three quarters of the season could be covered. And ’11 will be more incumbent using a rotating DH.
    So keep talking, or even sign Johnson just to give Boras some agita.

  3. Jeff - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Boras thinks that because the Yankees are the richest team that he can get them to bid against themselves. I hope this Johnson thing is just to put some pressure on him to get the Damon deal done. Nobody is crazy enough to give Damon 3 years (well maybe Kenny Williams or Dayton Moore, but that’s about it), so he better get busy with the Yankees before they get busy with Johnson…

  4. Daniel J. Friedman - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Vive les Expos!

  5. ecp - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Craig, before your Braves go for Johnson and hand him the first baseman’s job, remember that he’s going to spend about a third of the season hurt.
    Jeff, zero chance that Johnny Damon would go back to KC; he made it publicly clear that he couldn’t get away from there quickly enough.

  6. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    THE POST CRAIG, REALLY.
    THE YANKEES HAVE A SET INFIELD, THEY HAVE FOUR OUTFIELDERS, SWISH CAN PLAY FIRSTBASE TOO, THE DH SPOT IS VACANT TO REVOLVE ALL THE STARTERS IN AND OUT SO THEY STAY FRESH.
    THEY PROBABLY COULD USE NICK JOHNSON.
    CASH WILL NOT SIGN ANY HIGH PRICE PITCHERS.
    HE WILL NEED A FEW RELIEVERS, HE WILL PICK THEM UP AT BARGAIN PRICES
    SO HE CAN HAVE FLEXIBILITY TO TRADE AT THE DEADLINE BECAUSE THE PITTSBURGH AND KANSAS, MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS WILL DUMP SALARY AT THAT TIME.
    RELAX AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON, CASH HAS BASICALLY DONE ALL HIS SHOPPING, YOU HERE THAT JOHNNY, SO LAY OFF THEH SCOTT BORAS KOOLAID AND TAKE TWO YEARS AT 9.5 MILLION PER OR ELSE ADIOS.
    THE QUEST FOR # 28 AND REMEMBER, THE YANKEES HAVE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE
    WANTS TO GET , THE WORLD SERIES TROPHY.
    BUH BYE

  7. TigerS Boy ToY - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    YEAH, NICK WOULD CHOOSE THE BRAVES OVER THE
    YANKEES AND METS, REALLY.I HOPE THE BRAVES
    HAVE EAT THAT LOWE CONTRACT.

  8. Michael Maray - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    in my opinion Brian Cahsman is one of the wrost baseball owners in baseball.Granted Matsui is is gettin old and cant be in the field much but he had 28 homeruns with 95 RBI last season. plus he had 2 homeruns in the 6 of the series. i think that earns you a position next year. and i dont think the kurtis Granderson deal will work. he is a fantastic player and he has shown that time and time again but i hope im wrong i hope he comes in and does awsome things for the Yankees.

  9. Marah - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    letting go damon would be the dumbest thing the yankees could do. he had a great year power wise. and he is still one of the fastes guys in baseball. and he can still play defense and is average errors a season is 5 that is better then any other out fielder in baseball i think if he wasnts a 4 year deal then he has earned the yankees respect and trust.

  10. John_Michael - Dec 17, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Wonderful satire.

  11. Stultus Magnus - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Sign Johnson and Sheets and wait for the new season to begin.
    No need to bring Damon back for 19-25 million and two years…

  12. Steve K - Dec 17, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Sign nick Johnson, get GOOD pitching and let Damon go. He’s too much money, and the Yanks don’t need him. Nick Johnson is just as good. He just needs a good team to play with, and he’ll get better!

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