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Finding a first baseman

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Several readers e-mailed over the winter suggesting the Yankees make a trade for Nick Johnson.

I had my doubts. While he’s a good player when healthy, staying healthy has always been an issue for Johnson. He hasn’t played since the end of the 2006 season because of a badly broken leg.

In his column today in The Post, Joel Sherman wrote that the Yankees could wind up with Johnson if he shows he can play this spring.

With Dmitri Young at first, the Nationals don’t much need Johnson.

I asked Brian Cashman about the idea of trading for a first baseman on Friday and he dismissed it out of hand. He is convinced they have enough of those types. “Either we’ll platoon or somebody will take the job,” he said. “I’m not too concerned.”

Potentially, they could be fine. Jason Giambi could be productive in his walk year. Maybe Shelley Duncan just needs a chance. Maybe Morgan Ensberg is healthy and can be a OPB force and field the position.

But maybe Giambi is immobile, maybe Duncan strikes out too often and maybe there’s a reason the Astros and the Padres didn’t want to keep Ensberg. Then what? The Yankees will be keeping a close eye on the Nationals.

It would be ironic if Johnson returned to the Yankees a few months after his uncle, Larry Bowa, left the team to join Joe Torre in Los Angeles.




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