Cubs Sign Reed Johnson
Bruce Levine on ESPN1000 is reporting that the Cubs have come to terms with recently released Blue Jay Reed Johnson. Johnson was a 17th round pick of the Blue Jays in 1999, back when Tim Wilkin was running things over there and I'm sure the connection helped his cause with the Cubs. He's mostly played the corner outfield spots in his career, but has played 64 games in center in the majors. He had a great 2006, hitting 319/390/479, but has a career line of 281/342/410 with little ability to steal a base. He's also coming off a back injury that derailed his 2007 season. His scouting report on TSN.ca says:
Hustle is his strongest suit. He makes consistent contact and hits well
with runners in scoring position--especially against lefties.
Hustle? Mix that with a little grit and you've got yourself a ballpayer.
BP projected him at 262/324/387 this year which certainly isn't encouraging. On the other hand, he's hit 308/371/462 versus lefties over his career, and that'll likely be his primary role with the Cubs. It's a low-risk, high reward deal for the Cubs to fill out the need for a right-handed hitting center field option. If he stinks up the joint, he'll be easy to cut, and if he hits and plays "good enough" center field defense, it'll be a wise, low-cost move that didn't cost us any trade chips.
crunch 11 hours 45 sec ago (view)
"Ross learning how different spring is as manager"
ross musing on some of his approaches and player use plans for this spring
crunch 12 hours 14 min ago (view)
cubs night game baseball and it's not even april yet...loving the extended spring training broadcast schedule and i hope they keep it up in following years.
bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(RF) / contreras / kipnis(2nd) / almora / descalso(DH) / ian milller(LF) ...chatwood pitching vs zach davies
SD is fielding a mostly A-List team, too...tatis, machado, hosmer, myers, etc
Charlie 14 hours 58 min ago (view)
With Bryant earning just over half of what Arenado is making this year, I think every team in the league would take that gamble. Also, Arenado at home has a 130 wRC+ and only a 109 wRC+ away (across his whole career).
bradsbeard 15 hours 47 min ago (view)
A healthy Bryant is the better player. Unfortunately, KB hasn't been healthy the past two years.
crunch 16 hours 4 min ago (view)
if bryant wasn't looking less and less like a 3rd baseman, it would probably be an even or less trade given the cost difference between the 2 guys. it's not been so slick the past couple years for bryant with the glove meanwhile arenado does nothing but win gold gloves.
bryant has 2 years of club control and arenado can opt out after 2021.
that said, i dunno if the cubs have the $$ space to take on a $35m/yr contract with or without the risk of him opting out.
Charlie 17 hours 23 min ago (view)
Shouldn't it take less than Bryant, given Arenado's opt out? I guess the Rockies could be asking for more, but it wouldn't make sense.
Eric S 18 hours 56 min ago (view)
Has he gone so far as calling the Rox front office namby-pambies yet? There's only so much a front office can take before it snaps.
crunch 19 hours 42 min ago (view)
n.arenado continues to go very hard on COL front office. he's careful not to turn on the fans, but he's burning the hell out of every other bridge to the point they may trade him just to not hear about it too much longer. he's not shy at all about airing it out for the media.
if the cubs want him, it will most likely take more than just k.bryant.
Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have officially signed C-1B Alberto Mineo to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
A native of Italy, Mineo was signed by the Cubs as a 16 year old J-2 IFA in November 2010. He was one of three players signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Academy in Turin, Italy in the years 2008-10 (Italian RHP Alex Maestri and Dutch INF Dwayne Kemp were the other two).
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
tim815 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
He's better than Taylor Davis.
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 10 hours ago (view)
He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.
Charlie 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.
bradsbeard 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!
Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean).