Tag:Nick Johnson
Posted on: May 17, 2010 5:48 pm

Nick Johnson needs surgery, out for 'a while'

NEW YORK -- The Yankees said that Nick Johnson will indeed have surgery on his right wrist, which means he'll be out of the lineup until sometime in the second half of the season.

"After surgery, it will be 4-6 weeks until he picks up a bat," manager Joe Girardi said. "This is going to be a while."

The announcement didn't come as a surprise. When the Yankees put Johnson on the disabled list over the weekend, they said that surgery was likely.

That Johnson is injured isn't really a surprise, either. He has played more than 133 games just once in his 10 big-league seasons.

Category: MLB
Posted on: January 27, 2010 6:17 pm

Yanks, Damon would be better together

First Nick Johnson, now Randy Winn.

The Yankees really don't want Johnny Damon, do they?

They turned away from Damon once in December, giving Johnson $5.75 million and telling everyone he could have Damon's second spot in the lineup. They turned away from Damon again today, giving Winn $2 million to be the outfielder they needed to add, and giving him a roster spot that could have gone to Damon.

Johnson has nice on-base numbers, and also a well-earned reputation for getting hurt all the time. Winn is a decent extra outfielder.

Neither one is Damon, who at 36 is no longer a good outfielder but was still a key offensive contributor to a championship team in 2009.

The Yankees and Damon were a match that worked, and should have worked for another year. The breakup isn't all on the Yankees -- as I wrote after the Johnson deal in December, we've learned that he didn't want to be a Yankee as much as he claimed, just as we've learned that they didn't want him as much as they claimed.

But we all know how the Yankees react when a player is important to them. They get a deal done.

They gave Damon chances to stay. They were reportedly willing to do $14 million for two years at one point in December, and they were apparently willing to sign Damon to some sort of contract this week (for a lot closer to the $2 million Winn took than to the $13 million Damon made last year).

But the Yankees also let it be known that keeping their payroll under $200 million (for now) matters more to them than Johnny Damon did.

Damon and agent Scott Boras sure don't seem to have played this winter's market well. Even if Damon eventually gets more money elsewhere, it's hard to see how he'll fit as well as he did with the Yankees.

It's hard to see how the Yankees are a better team with Johnson and Winn instead of Damon.

This was a marriage that worked, and from the outside, the breakup is always going to be a little hard to understand. At some point, though, we're just going to have to accept that these two have broken up.

First Nick Johnson. Now Randy Winn.

It's time to accept reality.
Posted on: July 31, 2009 4:18 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 4:20 pm

Marlins get Nick Johnson from Nationals

The Marlins have acquired Nick Johnson from the Nationals for minor-league pitcher Aaron Thompson, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Posted on: July 31, 2009 12:16 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 12:39 pm

Marlins want Nick Johnson, but 'may move on'

The Marlins could be the latest team to talk trade with the Nationals, only to come away frustrated.

The teams have been talking about a deal for first baseman Nick Johnson, but two sources familiar with the negotiations said the Marlins are tiring of the slow pace of talks and "may move on."

It's believed that the Marlins want Washington to pay some of the roughly $1.3 million remaining on Johnson's contract, and that the Nationals are balking. Earlier this month, teams that inquired about Adam Dunn were told that the Nats wouldn't pick up any of the $12 million owed to Adam Dunn next year.

The Nats have been active, without getting much done. Teams have shown interest in Johnson, Dunn, Joe Beimel and others, but the only deal Washington has completed has been one with the Pirates, exchanging Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett.

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