Nick Johnson: Could the Red Sox Target the Nationals' First Baseman?

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 18, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 10:  Nick Johnson #24 of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout next to a pink bat in honor of Mother's day before the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 10, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson is off to a solid start this season, hitting .333 with three home runs and a .421 on-base percentage. Johnson hasn't had a full season since 2006, missing all of 2007 and playing in just 38 games in 2008. Johnson would give the Red Sox offense a huge boost, especially because David Ortiz is not hitting. Johnson could platoon at first and DH, giving time off to Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, and Mike Lowell (Johnson at first, Youk to third).

The Nationals would definitely ask for pitching in return, possibly targeting Daniel Bard. ESPN.com's Peter Gammons believes Manny Delcarmen could be a closer in the NL, so the Nationals could ask for Declarmen and a minor league position player. The Red Sox are very protective of their top young pitchers, and I would be surprised to see them trade Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, Junichi Tazawa, or Justin Masterson.

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