Nick Johnson: Worth the Investment?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IMay 20, 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)

With the injury to Carlos Delgado, there has been talk about what the Mets should do to compensate for his absence. They have already tried Tatis and Reed, but neither one of them is a genuine first basemen. There has been talk of making Daniel Murphy the everyday first basemen, but defense is a concern. Besides those options, not many others would be considered at the big league level. That leads us to ask a question:

Would it be worth it to add Nick Johnson to the mix?

The answer is simple. NO.

Johnson is loaded with talent, no question. He also plays an above average first base, and he is capable of hitting for power to all fields. He also hits for a good average, and he is a good clubhouse guy. But, he cannot stay healthy for an extended period of time.

He isn’t going to do any good for this team while he sits on the disabled list. Remember Moises Alou, anyone?

The Mets are better off with seeing what they have with Murphy.