More On The Newest Cub, Reed Johnson

So the Cubs' Extra Righthanded-Hitting Outfielder spinner stopped and it landed on...former Toronto Blue Jay, Reed Johnson. The Cubs signed the 31-year-old Johnson to a one-year contract on Tuesday, in time for Johnson to make his Cactus League debut this afternoon against the Giants. (He went 2-for-5.)

Johnson was a 17th-round pick of the the Jays in the 1999 amateur draft and spent his entire professional career in the Toronto system. The Riverside, California native has five Major League seasons under his belt, the best of which was 2006, when he appeared in 134 games, hitting .319 with 12 homers and an OPS+ of 124. He missed more than three months last season recovering from back surgery.

Defensively, Johnson started 410 games in the Jays outfield, half of them in left, about 40% in right, and the remaining handful in center. His Defensive Zone Ratings have been solid if not spectacular.

Cathal Kelly, writing Sunday for the Toronto Star:

Reed Johnson's nine years in the Blue Jay organization ended this morning. The club released him.

One minute he was there in his civvies saying goodbye, and then he was gone. He will receive a $546,000 (U.S.) cheque as a parting gift - one-sixth of his planned $3.275 million salary.

The winner in the left-field battle, Shannon Stewart, wasn't doing any crowing. He referred to Johnson as a "close" friend and seemed shocked that he'd been cut.

Even GM J.P. Ricciardi seemed rattled by the decision. "Today wasn't a fun day for me, telling that to somebody I personally like and professionally like," Ricciardi said.

But Johnson will find work quickly, most likely as a fourth outfielder on a National League club... Here's wishing him all the best. He was one of the good ones and will be missed.


aaaawww, how sweet of them to offer up such kind words. he must be a swell guy. here's hoping he's worth that albatross contract of his!!

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all 3 OF slots, a plus arm, can hit the lefties, and wont whine about bench work...looks like hendry got his guy without giving up anything but a roster spot and some doughnut money.

absolutely exciting as mud.

WOOO!!!! 4TH OF'RS!!!!


all 3 OF slots, a plus arm, can hit the lefties, and wont whine about bench work...looks like hendry got his guy without giving up anything but a roster spot and some doughnut money.

absolutely exciting as mud.

WOOO!!!! 4TH OF'RS!!!!

lol... if anyone was looking for some perspective on this acquisition, see above.

I like the new addition to the site.

Gotta love this signing. The guy seems to provide exactly what we were looking for in a 4th outfielder. He has been successful in batting lead-off, he is great in the field and plays hard. I'm amazed this guy didn't show up in a steroid investigation or the Mitchell report.

For those who don't live here, so far the brutal winter keeps on coming - forecast for Opening Day: low 40's, heavy sleet/thunderstorms. Whomever keeps coming up with these inane schedules for cold - weather teams should be drawn and quartered, the Cubs are again playing way too many games at home this early in the season. Let's play snowball!

Cintron was Released?

Cedeno told he made the team, Cintron no longer in camp.

Last spot down to Murton or Fontenot and basically comes down to whether they want an lefty infielder or a righty outfielder.

Actually... that link says this:

That leaves the last spot for Mike Fontenot as the Cubs decided to go with an extra infielder over an extra outfielder. The Cubs will bring five outfielders to Chicago, including two reserves in Daryle Ward and Reed Johnson.

It was a tough decision for Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella, since both Fontenot (who hit .255 this spring) and Murton (who hit .345) made contributions to last year's division-winning team.

Murton will be sent to Triple-A Iowa or traded.

That sucks.

they must have updated it after they posted originally said they were still deciding.

Keeping a second middle-infielder (Mike Fontenot) will allow Piniella to move Mark DeRosa around to other positions as needed, just as would have been the case if the Cubs had acquired Brian Roberts. The only difference is that now DeRosa will be the #1 second-baseman when he isn't playing another position, instead of sitting on the bench as would have been the case if the Cubs had acquired Roberts.

I would think Murton will get traded rather than sent back to AAA, and Hendry will probably want a proven MLB LOOGY and a younger version of Murton (a young outfielder with a similar profile as Murton's who can be sent to AA or AAA without creating hard feelings) back in the deal.

As far as the Cubs releasing Alex Cintron rather than sending Fontenot to AAA, I would imagine it was based mainly on the Cubs desire to save a few hundred thousand bucks by releasing Cintron before the start of the season. Fontenot is simply the cheaper option, and it gives Uncle Lou two lefties (Ward and Fontenot) and two righties (Johnson and Cedeno) to hit off the bench.  


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  • j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er

    zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8

    heyward 0-4 :(

    crunch 8 hours 46 min ago view
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    Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says

    crunch 11 hours 23 min ago view
  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 11 hours 43 min ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • 1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
    2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
    3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.

    Charlie 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • Who's asking?

    jacos 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • #TeamEntropy

    CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.

    Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.

    Rob G. 14 hours 20 min ago view
  • I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.

    johann 15 hours 6 min ago view
  • any opponent preference for NLDS?

    Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.

    Rob G. 15 hours 28 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 20 hours 32 min ago view
  • Can't teach height and thinness

    jacos 22 hours 27 min ago view
  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 1 day 7 hours ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should something like it.

    crunch 1 day 8 hours ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 1 day 8 hours ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.


    Rob G. 1 day 8 hours ago view
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    billybucks 1 day 9 hours ago view