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Orioles sign Nick Johnson to minor-league deal

Feb 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal.

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From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran first baseman Nick Johnson.

The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training, where Johnson will presumably get a legitimate shot at claiming a spot on Baltimore’s Opening Day bench.

Johnson batted just .201/.326/.328 with six home runs and 13 RBI across 225 plate appearances last year in the Indians’ minor league system and hasn’t appeared in a big league game since the 2010 season. But the Orioles have one of the weakest first base situations in all of baseball and could certainly use the depth.

A former top prospect, Johnson, 33, has registered a .270/.401/.443 career batting line in the majors.

  1. yankeesgameday - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Nick fractured his wrist signing the contract and is out until July.

    • fredverd - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Mr. Glass signeth? Painful memories for Yankee fans…

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      LOL! Man, I was going to post nearly EXACTLY the same thing. Nice job!

  2. pisano - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    He’ll be on the DL in no time!

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Yankee fans do not seem to have fond memories of Nick.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      bluegay fans dont have fond memories of what? the last 19 seasons? it wont be any better this season either

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      They have no memories of Nick. They never saw the guy.

  4. mekons5 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    In addition to his wrist problems, Nick hit the DL four times with ERH. Extreme Receding Hairline is a tragic disease that strikes down many in the prime of life.

    • pisano - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      mekon5…. In reality the hairline is the least of his problems, it has to be a little frustrating when he wipes his ass and winds up on the DL.

  5. firerogergoodell - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I’ve always been a fan of Nick Johnson. Because of the way he plays baseball, you ask? Nope. Because he has a whole can of chew in his mouth every time his picture is taken. It makes me laugh every time I see him.

  6. fellspointbird - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Lol, why not? It’s not like there is a plan-B if Chris Davis doesn’t work out.

  7. phaseetious - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    This is one of those under the radar moves that will make Orioles fans a big fan of Dan Duquette before long.

    What’s that? Nick Johnson, not the reanimated corpse of Walter Johnson? Nevermind.

  8. humanexcrement - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Of all the careers I’ve seen derailed by injuries, Nick Johnson always makes me particularly sad. The guy had a great glove, solid power, and got on base as good as anybody in the game. Too bad he just couldn’t stay healthy. He won’t this year, either.

  9. bradnw12 - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    There’s no risk in this signing, a minor league contract, might as well take a shot maybe somehow, he’ll contribute to the major league team.

  10. dowhatifeellike - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Here’s an idea: instead of giving 250k to 20 has-beens or never-weres, how about we just give 5mil to a real baseball player?

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