Johnson has never been a joke. Whenever he's played, he's done well - it's been keeping him on the field that has been the problem.
The same challenge will be for the O's this year.
Keeping him at DH should help.
Nice guy, apparently. And pretty good player offensively and defensively, when healthy.
But how does a 33 year old journeyman 1B/DH help the Orioles rebuild and become a competitive team?
Wilson Betemit and Nick Johnson, pick one, not both, for the 25th man on a team in a NL pennant race
The O's made a commitment to him - whether or not he adds any real value. I don't think he does.
Johnson, on the other hand, does a lot to help the O's biggest weakness, which is to work the pitch count and take walks.
If you're saying "why didn't the O's sign Fielder instead"...join the club.
The O's need a lot more than Fielder to become valuable.
the most well known example of this practice was when they brought Raffy back. he was supposed to be a p/t DH. but as the off season wore on, he morphed into the starting 1Bman.
neither player is going to help a competitive team.
generally, MLB is made up of 3 types of teams. Competitive (neither player will find an offer from this catagory), Rebuilding (these teams don't want diminished players in the twilight of their career), or perennial losers (this is a short list of teams, but the O's are on it). In the case of baltimore, they found a less expensive player to satisfy what they're looking for.
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