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Oft-injured Nick Johnson signs minor league deal with Indians

Mar 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Johnson hits solo home run in first inning against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in New York

Last offseason Nick Johnson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees, but after yet another injury wrecked season the 32-year-old disabled list regular has had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of

If healthy Johnson brings excellent on-base skills to the lineup, but that’s sort of like saying “if in shape Aaron Gleeman wears a size-32* jean.” No one has seen either in such a long time that it’s impossible to tell if they still exist.

Johnson is one of just 10 active players with a .400 on-base percentage in at least 3,000 career plate appearances, although “active” might be stretching things a bit. He’s played more than 100 games just four times in eight full seasons, including missing 138 games last season and 124 games in 2008 with wrist injuries and sitting out all of 2007 with a broken leg.

* OK, maybe a size-34. Whatever.

  1. pisano - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    This guy ought to be paid by the hour, you never know when he’ll break down. It’s not if he’ll break down it’s when. He’s an injury waiting to happen. By the way last year when he was in the line up for the Yankees all he did was strike out.

    • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      and he came out to Miley Cyrus.

  2. bigtrav425 - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    WTF is hte Purpose of this signing? as a indians fan i NEED to know and ASAP…this is why this organization has been in the toilet.We have a ton of young guys who they traded for that need to play so here is a idea…play them!!!!……Only way this makes sense is that they are releasing Kearns or they dont think LaPorta can play 1st…

    • bigtrav425 - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM


    • phukyouk - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      or they REALLY REALLY like Mileys music.

  3. bigharold - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Now that he’s signed by someone other than Bran Cashman he’ll probably play in 160 games hit .320 with a .450 OBP and play GG 1B.

    • cur68 - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      No way. His joints and greater bone structure are made of cheese doodles. Amazed the New York pigeons didn’t attack him on sight.

  4. mvd513 - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Man, I havent worn a 34 in probably 15 years.

  5. The Baseball Gods - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Obviously you didn’t get Uncle Larry’s injury-genes. Uncle Larry played more than 100 games in all of his first 15 years in the league. You have been smitten by the Baseball Gods Mr. Johnson.

  6. redheadedbastard - Mar 1, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Remember the time when Nick Johnson was good and had a ton of upside? Yeah, me neither…

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