New York Yankees Make Contact With Nick Johnson

Scott AlfanoContributor IDecember 16, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 17:  Nick Johnson #24 of the Washington Nationals makes a catch against the New York Yankees on June 17, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With Hideki Matsui officially signing with the Los Angeles Angels and Johnny Damon's chances to sign looking progressively distant, the New York Yankees have begun to discuss a contract with former first baseman Nick Johnson.

Johnson came up through the Yankees farm system and has quietly gained a reputation as one of baseball's most patient hitters. Injuries have hurt his career from advancing as far as many thought it would by now.

Johnson is a solid first baseman and fits into the Yankee style of hitting well with his high on base percentage. Johnson made 5.5 million in 2009 as he hit .291 with a .426 on base percentage.

The Marlins and Red Sox are also in talks with Johnson's agent.