Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yanks Looking At Reed Johnson?

From Joel Sherman:
An NL executive and an agent told me the Yankees were talking regularly to the representatives for Reed Johnson. I can see the Yankee reasoning. As currently constituted, the Yanks have lefty-swingers Brett Gardner in left field and Curtis Granderson in center. Johnson can play all three outfield positions, and has long been a strong hitter against lefties. In 2009 against lefties, Johnson hit .324 with a .403 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage; and for his career the numbers are .313/.378/.463.
Not the big name most Yankees fans are hoping for, but with what the Yankees already have he could be a nice addition. Those numbers against lefties can come in very handy for this team.

Sherman also had this to say about Xavier Nady:
I still believe that the Yankees should go for Xavier Nady if Nady’s elbow tests fine after a second Tommy John surgery. Nady’s right-center power would be ideal at Yankee Stadium. And I imagine that Nady could be had for a low base with plenty of incentives based on games played.
Also not a terrible idea.

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