Just as the Yankees introduced their new center fielder, Curtis Granderson, today, they were apparently in full force as we approach the 2010 regular season. The NY Post reported today that the Yankees are close to a one-year deal with the left hand hitting, Nick Johnson. He is a former Yankee, should the Yankees bring him back?
- He would fill in perfectly as a DH with Matsui gone and Damon questionable.
- He has a .402 career OBP.
- He is only 31 years old.
- He made $5.5 million last year, so the Yankees could get him for a cheap, one-year deal.
- He started his career with the Yankees, so he will fit in nicely.
- He has postseason experience.
- He is extremely injury prone, missing all of the 2007 season.
- He is slow and might not be a good number two hitter should he need to replace Damon.
Chat or Chuck?:
Chat. Nick Johnson was a great Yankee when he was around, and I was surprised when they let him go. Bottom line is that this guy is a good, solid hitter who can get on base, and that’s exactly what you need. In the end, a 1-year $5 million investment in the 31 year old Johnson is a lot safer than a 3-year $39 million investment in the 36 year old Damon.