Nick Johnson Requests A Trade
Mariner Fans Request Nick Johnson.
Link here – Johnson wants a shot to play regularly, which he won’t get in Washington now that they’ve signed Dunn to play first base.
Seriously, he’s perfect for the Mariners. Perfect. Yes, he has injury problems – those are obviously well documented. But the M’s aren’t a team that need a low ceiling, low risk player to fill out the roster and give them line-up stability. The M’s are in a position where a healthy Johnson could transform the line-up, but an injured Johnson wouldn’t be a big deal.
He projects out as something like a +3.5 to +4.5 win player over a full season. If he gets 600 PAs, he’d be about as valuable as Ichiro, Beltre, or Felix. That’s the kind of upside he brings.
Now, the odds of him getting 600 PA are extremely slim. He’s only done it once in his career, and he hasn’t really played for two years now. So, obviously, the playing time projection has to be pretty conservative. So maybe Johnson will only be worth +1.5 to +2 wins while playing half a season – that’s okay too.
The M’s have a large group of players on the roster they want to give at-bats too. With his health problems, you can be sure that he’s going to leave PAs available for Clement, Branyan, Balentien, Shelton, etc… This isn’t the kind of acquisition where you’re having to displace someone who you want to give a shot to. Adding Johnson to the mix simply gives the team a boost when he’s healthy and lets them play the younger kids when he’s not.
Nick Johnson would be a better acquisition than Abreu, Dunn, Griffey, Anderson, or any other LH bat the M’s have been considering. We’ve loved your entire off-season so far, Jack – bring us Nick Johnson and we might just throw a parade.