St. Nick will roll around shortly, but another Nick has come to town first. The New York Yankees have reunited with an old friend, Nick Johnson. He was signed to a one year, 5.5 million dollar contract.
With Hideki Matsui gone, the DH spot became vacant for the NY Yankees. People were thinking the DH spot would not belong to one person in particular like it has the past few seasons. But for 2010, the position belongs to Nick Johnson, and it couldn’t be a better fit.
Even though Nick Johnson has suffered injury issues of late, he still can play the field if necessary. Joe Girardi loves giving people days off, and he has an excuse to give Mark Teixiera a few extra if he wants.
But Nick Johnson will be great for the Yankees DH spot. He has consistently throughout his career had an on base percentage of over .400. He also has a lot of power when healthy; and a lot of power for a lefty in the “new” (how long do we use the prefix new?) Yankee Stadium is even more power.
In 2006, he had arguably the best year of his career with the Washington Nationals hitting 23 homeruns, knocking in 77 runs, and he even has 23 doubles! He had a .428 OBP.
In 2002, Johnson was seen playing a few games in left field, although I doubt we will see that from him. But just throwing that out there as the “Yankees will part ways with Johnny Damon” thing keeps looming.
So where do the Yankees stand now?
Well, they needed at least one outfielder, and they got Curtis Granderson who gives the Yankees a threat to run which is something they really have not had in the starting lineup for a while.
They needed a DH, and they got it.
What is left for the off-season? The answer is a lot.
They need more bullpen guys. Coke is gone. Bruney is gone. There isn’t really anyone too dominant besides Mariano Rivera.
They need starters. They have CC, and AJ, and they resigned Pettitte. Can a 3-man rotation last an entire season? Probably not. Two more starters would be ideal.
But the Yankees have done well so far with Granderson and Johnson. We shall see what the future has in store. Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, even a guy like Mark DeRosa could be possibilities in the outfield for the Yankees.
Lackey has found a team. Halladay has found a new team. I am really curious to see what the Yankees do with their pitching situation.