Chat or Chuck: Reed Johnson

The NY Post is reporting that the Yankees are in serious talks with the agents of free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. The Yankees have been in search for an outfielder, as it seems Johnny Damon will not be returning. With Granderson in center and Nick Swisher in right, left field is weak with just Gardner. Would Johnson be a good choice?

Chat:

  • He has hit over .300 twice in his career.
  • He hits .313 against lefties in his career and could fill in for Granderson who is weak against lefties.
  • Gardner may not be consistent enough to start everyday in left.
  • He can play all three outfield positions.
  • He most likely won’t require a long term deal.

Chuck:

  • He hit just .255 last year.
  • He really isn’t a strong enough player to start in left, at least not any stronger than Gardner.
  • The Yankees have some other options for left within their system.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chuck.
If anything, I would like to see the Yankees go after another pitcher. The Yankees were lucky enough to make it through the playoffs with just three starters, and you have to think that won’t work again. Last year, everything went right, you have to expect some adversity. And right now, the Yankees pitching depth can not deal with that as easily as the outfield can. Bottom line, a pitcher will help this team more than an outfielder right now.

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One comment

  1. levelboss

    if Gardner were the everyday left fielder, then who would the utility outfielder be? i think Reed Johnson would be an inexpensive solution to getting a left fielder with better hitting than Gardner, and Gardner could then be the utility outfielder/speed-on-the-bags-late-inning substitution for Nick Johnson if need be
    personally i would like to see Damon return – he brings more than a solid bat in the intangibles like experience/smart base-running/clubhouse unity and levity, but Cashman is intent on reducing payroll

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