So says George King.
Writing for the New York Post, King reports that the Yankees are close enough to a deal with free agent Nick Johnson that the signing could be announced tomorrow.
It would be an interesting move, if only because Johnson would be more or less limited to designated hitter, which is apparently the reason the Yankees were not interested in Hideki Matsui. FoxSports reports that the Giants have offered Johnson between $5.5 million and $6 million, which suggests his contract would be roughly the same as the $6.5 million contract Matsui signed in Los Angeles.
Johnson seems to be a natural fit into the No. 2 hole in the lineup because of his absurd on-base percentage. His power could play well in Yankee Stadium as well, and using him strictly at designated hitter might limit some of his lingering injury concerns. He would be a nice addition, just seems to go against the idea of a designated hitter who adds some lineup flexibility.
Earlier today, Joe Girardi indicated a preference for an “almost full-time” designated hitter, which I suppose could have been setting the stage for Johnson. Also, a one-year deal would make some sense as Brian Cashman said today that next year’s free agent market is “incredibly more impressive than this one.”
Go big in 2008, fill holes in 2009 and go big again in 2010? Maybe.