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.