Tag:Rob Johnson
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Nats, Mets each make depth signing

By Matt Snyder

The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign utility infielder Mark DeRosa, pending physical, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned. Also in NL East news, the Mets announced via press release that they have signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor-league contract.

DeRosa, 36, hit .279/.351/.302 in just 97 plate appearances last season for the Giants, as a serious wrist injury badly hampered him. He was a key cog in the Cubs' 2008 division championship and hit 23 home runs in 2009, but injuries and inconsistency have held DeRosa back since then. Still, he's said to be a great clubhouse guy and can still play three infield positions. Perhaps most importantly is first base, as DeRosa can back up Adam LaRoche -- who is returning from a season-ending injury -- and leave Michael Morse in left field. It's also conceivable that DeRosa could make spot starts at third to spell Ryan Zimmerman.

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Johnson, 28, hit a paltry .190 with a .544 OPS last season in 199 plate appearances for Padres. So he's a really poor hitter. There's a reason he keeps finding work, however, and that is because he works well with pitchers. He also threw out more than 35 percent of would-be base stealers in 2010 for the Mariners. As things currently stand, the Mets have Josh Thole slotted as the starting catcher, with Johnson competing for the backup job with guys like Mike Nickeas and Lucas May.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:55 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Molina declines Padres' advances, is 'retired'

By Matt Snyder

The Padres reached out to Bengie Molina and inquired as to his availability this season. His answer was that he "is retired." (North County Times , via Twitter)

With the announcement Gregg Zaun has decided to retire, the Padres are left with just Nick Hundley and Rob Johnson behind the plate. Johnson is fighting through a rib injury, too, so that's a lot of weight on the shoulders of Hundley -- who has never appeared in more than 85 major-league games in a season.

So the Padres' reported interest in Molina makes pretty good sense. They had a veteran backstop to help spell Hundley on occasion, lost him and looked to replace him with someone of similar ilk.

Molina, 36, set a career high with 20 home runs during 2009 with the Giants. He also drove home more than 80 runs for the third consecutive season, in addition to his outstanding work with the pitching staff. Last season, however, he lost his job to rookie sensation Buster Posey and was shipped to Texas midseason. Coincidentally, he faced off against the Giants in the World Series with his Rangers. His team came up short, but Molina does have a World Series ring -- which he won with the 2002 Angels.

There's no word on anyone else the Padres might pursue, or if they'll just go with Hundley, Johnson and their own minor-league system.

UPDATE: Cue the contradictory report! San Jose Mercury News reports Molina is "definitely not retired," just that he wants a "guaranteed deal at a respectable salary."

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Padres acquire catcher Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson Nothing says the week of Christmas quite like remaking the front for the trade of a backup catcher.

But hey, Cliff Lee's signed, Derek Jeter's happy and Zack Greinke's been traded. We're left with Rob Johnson being traded from Seattle to San Diego for a paler to be named or cash.

Yep.

Johnson was designated for assignment last week to make room for designated hitter Jack Cust on the 40-man roster.

Johnson,  27, hit .191/.293/.281 in 61 games for the Mariners last season. In 2009, he hit .213/.289/.326 in 80 games. He hit two homers in each of the last two seasons.

With the Padres, Johnson will back up Nick Hundley. The Mariners now have just one catcher, Adam Moore, on its 40-man roster.

UPDATE: Kind of a brain cramp, but the Mariners will have two catchers as soon as Miguel Olivo's contract is official.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:46 pm
 

Mariners finish deal for Olivo


The Mariners' signing of catcher Miguel Olivo, which was reportedly done and then not done Wednesday, is now done, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. He says the deal is worth two years guaranteed for $7 million total, with a third-year option.

Olivo, 32, batted a career-high .269 for Colorado last season, with 14 homers and 58 RBI. This will be his second stint in Seattle, where he played between June 2004 and July 2005. He'll presumably start in front of either Adam Moore or Rob Johnson.

Olivo also picked up a $500,000 buyout that the Blue Jays decided to set on fire by trading for him and then not picking up his $2.5 million option for 2011. Turns out the Jays, who are still looking for a veteran catcher as they work in J.P. Arencibia, could have had him for $1 million under market value. Toronto does get a supplemental draft pick for losing Olivo, who was a Type B free agent.

-- David Andriesen

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