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Dodgers sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal

Feb 2, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

Reed Johnson and the Dodgers have officially agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000 plus another $250,000 in potential incentives.
Between a part-time role and fractured foot Johnson played just 65 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .255/.330/.412 to basically match his .282/.344/.411 career mark. That production and the ability to handle all three outfield spots defensively makes Johnson a very solid fourth outfielder, but he’d also make a strong platoon starter if the Dodgers are willing to bench Andre Ethier against lefties.
Ethier has hit just .252/.317/.382 against southpaws during his career, including .194 last season, whereas Johnson is a lifetime .313/.378/.463 hitter against lefties. Johnson is a good low-cost pickup for the Dodgers even if they merely use him to fill in for injured outfielders, play defense for Manny Ramirez late in games, and scare young children with his facial hair, but actually giving him a chance to start over Ethier versus lefties would make the move even better.

  1. Grant - Feb 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Is he serious with that beard? I didn’t realize that early-2000s nu-metal frontmen were playing ball these days.

  2. Cru11 - Feb 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Matt Clement!!

  3. StreatorDave - Feb 2, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    I watched him last year with the Cubs. I thought he was good defense/weak bat.

  4. Eric Stephen - Feb 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Johnson has to pick up the beard slack now that Casey Blake has shaved!!!!

  5. LABEAT - Feb 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Whoopee, World Serious here we come.

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