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Mariners trade Rob Johnson to Padres for PTBNL or cash

Dec 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT


Designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, Rob Johnson has been traded to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash. Presumably something like $1.75.

Johnson hit .200 with a .282 on-base percentage and .302 slugging percentage in 534 plate appearances for the Mariners, which adds up to a .584 OPS that ranks third-worst in team history behind Brian Hunter and the legendary Mario Mendoza.

And while most catchers who hit that horribly are great defenders behind the plate, Johnson has more passed balls than anyone in baseball over the past two seasons despite playing about half as much as the average starting catcher.

He figures to serve as Nick Hundley’s backup in San Diego.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I got a buck seventy-five right here to play for the Wicker Park Hipsters.

    • Alex K - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

      Do they play in a heated rivalry against the Bucktown team? And what is the game? Tightest skinny jeans? Best plaid flanel shirt?

      • Alex K - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM


      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

        Yes, tightest jeans is a 10 point bonus. Winner receives 10 PBR tall boys and an American Apparel hoodie.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

        Their rival is the Bucktown Yuppies

      • Alex K - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:08 AM

        Awesome. They just better watch out for my beloved Uptown Bangers. We play rough up here!

  2. mtner77 - Dec 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    “Presumably something like $1.75.”

    After watching Johnson “attempt” to catch these last two seasons, I that is about 50% too much.

  3. easports82 - Dec 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Was it reported incorrectly and the M’s are actually sending cash along with Johnson?

  4. jamie54 - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Waste of a roster spot.

  5. Detroit Michael - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Nice photo for this story.

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