Orioles To Sign Nick Johnson

The Orioles have agreed to sign Nick Johnson to a minor league deal, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. Turner Gary Sports represents the first baseman/DH.

Johnson last played in the Major Leagues with the 2010 Yankees, and though he has had trouble staying on the field, he owns a .401 career on-base percentage. A wrist injury limited Johnson to 24 MLB games in 2010 and he spent the 2011 season in the Indians' minor league system. Johnson posted a .201/.326/.328 line in 225 plate appearances in the upper minors last year.


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49 Comments on "Orioles To Sign Nick Johnson"


3 years 6 months ago

lol

Jacob Viets
3 years 6 months ago

Good for Nick, he was one of my favorite players in his first stint with the Yankees. Hopefully he can make the Major League Club, stay healthy, and get his career back on track. Best of Luck to you Nick!

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Johnson is still around?  I thought he was a washed up stiff

anthony88
3 years 6 months ago

hahaha I like these little puns 

3 years 6 months ago

Hey O’s fans, I have no clue how he will do on the field (or DH’ing, I guess), but I can tell you that your neighbors to the south loved having him with our team. Great guy! A few days after the Nats traded him to the Fish, the Marlins came to Nats Park for a series. I know of quite a few people who went out and got tickets just to be able to show him their love when he first came to the plate (of course the comment from many was “Nick, we love you. Now strike out.”)

Jacob Viets
3 years 6 months ago

 True about Nick. I remember how pissed I was at the Yankees for letting him walk.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 6 months ago

The pride of McClatchy High School

3 years 6 months ago

 What about Vance Worley and Larry Bowa?

3 years 6 months ago

Low risk, high reward…if he can stay healthy. 

3 years 6 months ago

I agree nothing to lose.  He’s always on base when he’s healthy.  If he’s not, it doesn’t affect the big club.

dorsey56
3 years 6 months ago

He’s done!!!!

3 years 6 months ago

Based on what? Your crystal ball?

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

Low risk-low reward. 

Benny
3 years 6 months ago

Low risk-no reward.

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

Another delightful comment from the Pirates fan who tries to hate on the Orioles. 

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

 In the immortal words of one Walter Sobchak, Am I wrong? Am I wrong??!!

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

No, you are just “over the line!”

😉

3 years 6 months ago

Marlins should’ve added him to get Coghlan back on track as far as his on-base skills are concerned. I thought Coghlan really broke out and learned to be patient when he had Johnson hitting behind him.

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

of course there gonna need good luck there the orioles

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

I hope he doesn’t injur himself trying to sign the contract.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

Ahhhhh!!!! Paper cut! Paper cut!

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

Wish him the best. Hope to see him at Camden Yards regularly.
– Nats fan

3 years 6 months ago

Nick Johnson can’t hit. He batted .201 in AAA last season and .167 for the Yankees two years ago. From 2007-2011 he hit a total of 23 HR’s. Please retire!

3 years 6 months ago

I smell AL East champions.

ellisburks
3 years 6 months ago

No, sorry. That was me.

3 years 6 months ago

Were the Yankees walking by?

Goriax
3 years 6 months ago

Johnson has always had potential but he has never done anything with it. One could argue he has never had a chance to do so due to being an injury machine but who knows perhaps he will turn it around in Baltimore.

3 years 6 months ago

The bulk of his disabled list time over the past three seasons is related to one issue. He injured a tendon in his hand 3 seasons ago which continued to bother him when batting, then 2 seasons ago he had the tendon removed which should eliminate the pain and not effect his play, (says the doctor), and last season he did not get the stitches out until March and was in recovery most of the season. Try swinging a bat once with just a strained tendon. If his hand is fully healed there is no reason why he can’t continue to be a good fielding 1st baseman with a high OBP. Not a bad gamble at all!

3 years 6 months ago

I’m surprised so many people are commenting on such a minor acquisition.  My bet is we will never hear his name again until he signs another minor league deal next year. 

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

Start on the DL in AAA, that is

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

A shot?  I don’t know…don’t they have pills for a broken Johnson nowadays?

Jacob Viets
3 years 6 months ago

Os dude if he’s healthy you guys have a great guy for your clubhouse and a high OBP guy to start at 1B. It also cant hurt to get Reynolds off the field and at DH.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Exactly and a nice power bat to have if he does come back.

The Duke picked a jam up guy this time for one of his typical retread type signs and nobody should be hammering him for it.

Jacob Viets
3 years 6 months ago

 lol dude nice wordplay

Os84
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks, I’m hoping he can make a comeback. I have no expectations, but I feel like it is a good low-risk move.

Hope4Rain
3 years 6 months ago

“If he’s healthy…”?

When did that last happen? Plus, he’s in his mid-30’s. Some fans don’t seem to grasp the useful life of a baseball player.

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

All kidding aside, I agree- a very low risk move that might help the club, assuming he can stay healthy. 

PeanutTheKidnapper
3 years 6 months ago

As a O’s fan for 27 years.  I hate the Yankees. 

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

As a baseball fan for 20 years, I would like to inform you that Johnson is going to sit in AAA all year, and O’s fans won’t need to worry about him. Just because he played in the majors two years ago with your team doesn’t mean he will in Baltimore. They aren’t THAT bad… or are they…?

Runtime
3 years 6 months ago

As a Jays fan, hope you have enjoyed AJ Burnett

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

The only moves that can help the Orioles right now are long-term, big picture moves.

And since Nick Johnson is absolutely not a long-term, big picture move, what’s the point?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Sometimes the shortest answer is the best response to a perceived insult. ^^^

Infield Fly
3 years 6 months ago

…as a Yankees fan, we’re taught the values of respecting other clubs (except the Red Sox)…

…you’re an A’s fan, so I expect the same 25 games under .500 performance this year…

Ya know…somehow I’m juuust not feelin’ that respect thing you’re bragging about there (not an A’s fan either!).

Way to congratulate yourself, though. :p

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johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

:-)

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Johnson has a .398 SLG% over the past five seasons.

How is he a “nice power bat”?

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Considering the fact that Chris Davis is our starting first baseman and Wilson Betemit is most likely going to be our starting DH, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnson get some playing time in Baltimore, regardless of how bad he is in AAA.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

The last 5 years (he has played) cover 4 seasons inwhich he was hurt and only healthy in 1.. Previous to that, NJ was a decent power + OPS bat and mine (and probably The Dukes also) is hoping at best he can get some semblance of that on just a minor league deal.

Why he signed him to a *minor* league deal.

Edit:

My apologies..

Looking closer.. Nick broke his leg as recall with the Nats and missed all of ’07? Wasn’t that why he was out?? He was very productive from ’03-06, ex. for ’04 when he was (of course) hurt. “08 he missed significan time again, ’09 he was good and missed time in ’10..

That is not a.398 SLG tho glancing at it and am not gonna add it up however over the last 5 seasons.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

You should have stopped after the bit about Johnson being hurt in four of the last five seasons.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

If you have not figured out The Duke by now, then never will. this is the type of guy he will target and bring into camp, only NJ has more upside than most.

Why anyone would take offense on him with a minor league deal?? nit picking and little else to do is all I can think of.