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New York Yankees Make Contact With Nick Johnson

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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Scott AlfanoContributor IDecember 16, 2009

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.

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