We'd Have Competition for Nick Johnson

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Nick Johnson #24 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Over the last two days, since news that Carlos Delgado may need surgery, Mets blogs have been exploring several players who could replace Delgado.

One of the most popular names has been Nick Johnson. The Nationals are in last place, with several redundant positional players and an extremely weak pitching staff.
Johnson is in his walk year, and it would make sense for the Nats to get what they can for him.
From the Mets point of view, he's handled NY well (Yanks), is a solid defender, has been successful at platooning (in case, Delgado returns) and has a high on-base percentage.
But if the Mets think they can get him on the cheap, they may want to re-think that, it seems the Red Sox are looking for alternatives to Big Papi and have had scouts watching Johnson....
According to other teams' scouts, the Sox have been watching Washington first baseman Nick Johnson, who has battled some injuries himself but has become one of the Nationals' top hitters.
He is Boston's kind of hitter (a guy with a very good on-base percentage) and he's in the final year of a three-year deal, earning $5.5 million. But the Nationals would want pitching prospects in a trade, and the Sox guard those like gold. Source: Boston Globe