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Another outfielder comes off the board

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 12, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Another right-handed outfielder came off the market this afternoon, with Reed Johnson agreeing to a minor league deal with the Cubs.

I’m not sure Johnson was ever a legitimate option for the Yankees — they weren’t especially interested last winter, and last year’s numbers probably didn’t do much to change their mind — but he technically fit their needs to a certain extent. Even in a down year, Johnson hit .301/.324/.466 against lefties last season. There are much worse options out there.

Around this time last year I thought Johnson made good sense for the Yankees, but Brian Cashman disagreed, waited out the market and landed Marcus Thames on a minor league deal. It wound up being his most productive signing of the winter. Granted, he also waited out the market and landed Randy Winn on a deal that wasn’t so productive.

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83 Responses to “Another outfielder comes off the board”

  1. upstate kate January 12th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    What!?! I am outraged!! What has Cashman been doing?? How did he let this guy slip thru his fingers? Was he too busy rapelling down buildings?

    sorry…just wanted to see what it felt like

  2. Doreen January 12th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    upstate kate -

    Love it!

    :lol:

  3. Erica in NY January 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    upstate kate-

    so how did it feel? :lol:

  4. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Oh no, not you too Kate, now the blog is complete – poor Cashman!

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan January 12th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Patience Cashman. There’s another Randy Winn out there, you’ll find him! It will be worth the wait, sign someone for $900k and you’ll get a pat on the head from Hal and maybe he’ll let you off the leash for a run around the lake.

  6. upstate kate January 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    sometimes you just have to take a walk down the dark side

  7. Rich in NJ January 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The posts about Cashman on this blog are so bizarre, it’s comical.

  8. heyman_sux January 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    upstate kate in the early lead for post of the year

  9. Florida Yankee January 12th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Thank God.If he was out there any longer cashman might have talked himself into signing Him. Andruw jones is the only fit, without a trade.

  10. MTU January 12th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I liked Matt Diaz for 4th OF’er.

    :(

  11. Tom in N.J. January 12th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Assed time for a change?

  12. heyman_sux January 12th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thank God.If he was out there any longer cashman might have talked himself into signing Him.
    _________

    I’m confused – your use of caps makes me think you’re advocating the signing of God. Also, I could live without Andruw Jones

  13. BoJo January 12th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    MTU January 12th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I liked Matt Diaz for 4th OF’er.
    ++++++++++++++
    ARod thinks there enough Diazes already around the team.

  14. MTU January 12th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Bojo-

    I see.

    Thanks for explaining that to me.

    :)

  15. BoJo January 12th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    A little walk down memory lane

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  16. mick January 12th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    # mick January 12th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    # YankeesNmore January 12th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    The bad news is, Captain Clutch has transformed into Captain Crap at the age of 36.

    The good news is, his contract expired at EXACTLY the right time–the end of last season–so we’re not stuck paying a SS who has no range and no bat a lot of money.

    The worst news is, Brian Cashman is still the GM and we just re-locked ourselves into three more years of Derek Jeter, and for a total of $56 million.

    Past time for a change.
    =========================
    When did you start hating Jeter?
    Curious if it was before last year?

  17. Florida Yankee January 12th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    heyman_sux

    Thanks for correcting me.You wouldn’t have to live with Him he still has a few bucks left.I was just saying no other options make sense. You need some power off the bench.Please point out any more mistakes I make.Thanks for the Help

  18. heyman_sux January 12th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks for correcting me.You wouldn’t have to live with Him he still has a few bucks left.I was just saying no other options make sense. You need some power off the bench.Please point out any more mistakes I make.Thanks for the Help
    _____

    LOL just having some fun. I think Jones makes some sense but I wouldn’t say he’s the only option. I don’t think his potential production couldn’t be found elsewhere

  19. BoJo January 12th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Florida Yankee January 12th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Please point out any more mistakes I make.
    ++++++++++++
    The college you choose…the friends you hang out with…the car insurance you bought…what were you thinking with that suit (you know the one)?!…that job you took in 96…

    will get back to you with more.

    :-)

  20. BoJo January 12th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I think I need a long nap after all that snow shoveling…good night all.

  21. MTU January 12th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Warning. Make sure you’re sitting down before reading this.

    Big news follows:

    The Angels have settled with C Jeff Mathis with according to MLBTR.

    They make our off season look good.

    :)

  22. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I imagine things will never change around here.

    MTU -
    Your man got away again.

    “:)”

  23. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Good night folks.

  24. Pat M. January 12th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    40 years ago today Joe Willie set the football worls ablaze…….Jets 16 Colts 7……..

  25. Rich in NJ January 12th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I can’t wait until tomorrow, ’cause I get better looking everyday.

  26. Doreen January 12th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Pat M -

    You sure about that?

  27. Doreen January 12th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Sorry to doubt you Pat M. I was thinking something else.

  28. Doreen January 12th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Pat M -

    Not 40 years ago. More.

  29. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    January 12, 1969

    New York Jets 16
    Baltimore Colts 7

    42 years ago, like Mo, # 42

  30. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Pat M. -

    I hope you’re not getting the GB7 & Randy l. thing, you know, being, what they call it ………….

  31. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    …………… being forgetful, that’s it.

  32. Erica in NY January 12th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    January 12, 1969

    New York Jets 16
    Baltimore Colts 7

    42 years ago, like Mo, # 42

    **************

    42 certainly seems to be the number of the day!

  33. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Good night again, for real.

  34. BIG AL January 12th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    # 42, We love you, let us count the ways.

    Yes Erica, it seems to be the number. Good night.

  35. pat January 12th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Nothing new on the Pettitte front.

    ?As of right now, he?s (Pettitte) not playing,? Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in an interview at the owners? meetings. ?There?s really nothing to talk about.?

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ure-011211

  36. Rich in NJ January 12th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I still think Pettittee will play, but what do I know?

  37. MTU January 12th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Rich-

    I think everybody hopes Andy returns.

  38. tyanksfan36 January 12th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    42 is also the price on my postage stamps. Good thing I never mail anything.

    Also, Jeters supermarket/movie theatre sized mansion is apparently still not finished, he took the forward off his mail so its going to his pedestrian million dollar house for spring training.

  39. Rich in NJ January 12th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    MTU

    I thought it was just me! :(

  40. MTU January 12th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Rich-

    You were never alone.

    You just didn’t know it for sure.

    Now you do.

    ;)

  41. tyanksfan36 January 12th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I hope Andy comes back too

  42. blake January 12th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Andy will play….I’ll be really surprised if he doesn’t.

  43. DocTodd January 12th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    If Cashman plays his cards right, he may be able to sign Randy Winn for less than he did last year…..

  44. Jerzz January 12th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    “If Cashman plays his cards right, he may be able to sign Randy Winn for less than he did last year…..”

    Might also be able to bring back NJ for 1 mil or so to be a bat off the bench.

  45. Don Vito A. Bellamo January 12th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....kees_.html
    .
    Andy Pettitte not playing baseball at start of 2011 season, according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

  46. JK January 12th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I really think Pettitte is thinking about the Clemens case & dealing with the NY & national media during that fiasco.

  47. Tom in N.J. January 12th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    According to the New York Daily News, veteran southpaw Andy Pettitte told Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday that he will not be playing baseball when the 2011 season opens in late March and that he can’t say for sure if he will return at all.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-rotation/

  48. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 January 12th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    :( :( :( :(

  49. blake January 12th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I don’t think that report is much different than what we already knew….just worded a little different. Andy could change his mind at any time…..he may not, but I still think he will.

  50. tyanksfan36 January 12th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011

    I’m with you :( I want Andy to come back…Maybe they’ll talk him into coming back after the ASB

    ????

  51. Gary January 12th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    “I’m actively out there,” Cashman said. “It’s a very thin market to be flying in right now. That’s why we may have to rely on our strong farm system a little bit sooner than we expected.”

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Bring on the shelling

  52. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 January 12th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Now I just saw a tweet from a NY Post writer that Cashman is saying the story is wrong. Nothing new on Andy.

    Uggg who knows :(

  53. Gary January 12th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    NYY626 – Andy in 2011 January 12th, 2011 at 9:13 pm
    Now I just saw a tweet from a NY Post writer that Cashman is saying the story is wrong. Nothing new on Andy.

    Uggg who knows

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I did see those funny quote marks in the body of the story. Generally they mean that somebody actually said the words.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock January 12th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    “I’m actively out there,” Cashman said. “It’s a very thin market to be flying in right now. That’s why we may have to rely on our strong farm system a little bit sooner than we expected.”

    ///

    He should also say we’re switching Joba back to the rotation, where he belongs.

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock January 12th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    tyanksfan36 January 12th, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    NYY626 – Andy in 2011

    I’m with you I want Andy to come back…Maybe they’ll talk him into coming back after the ASB

    ????

    ////
    AP still has that yearning to pitch,that’s clear.I don’t think he’ll have to talked into anything,nor could he be.if he’s feeling good and the trial stuff doesn’t get in the way,I think he’ll come back.He strongly identifies with being a pitcher & he’s still awfully effective, based on 2010.

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock January 12th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    According to the New York Daily News, veteran southpaw Andy Pettitte told Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday that he will not be playing baseball when the 2011 season opens in late March and that he can’t say for sure if he will return at all.
    ///
    Esperance!

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