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Cubs re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson to one-year contract

Dec 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park Reuters

Free agent outfielder Reed Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Johnson has always been an ideal fourth outfielder because he can handle all three spots defensively, puts up strong numbers versus left-handed pitching, and isn’t totally overmatched versus right-handers once in a while.

At age 34 his range has slipped some and his strikeout-to-walk ratio over the past two years is laughably bad at 113-to-10, but he also hit .303 off lefties during that time.

By re-signing with Chicago he could be an option to platoon with the left-handed-hitting David DeJesus in right field or could be used in left field if the Cubs somehow find a taker for Alfonso Soriano.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Yess!!!!!! I love having Ninja on the Cubs. He always seems to get the right hit and make the right play at the right times. Thank you, Theo & Jed!

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Good for him. He has had a nice career and always played hard.

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