Nick Johnson wants a trade...
Does he fit on the Royals? Maybe you think he doesn't, because
-- he has had major injury problems.
-- he only has only year left on his contract (although that might be a good thing).
-- the Royals already have a logjam at 1B/DH.
-- he has outstanding strike zone judgment
-- he's never played for the Braves or the Mariners
Still, and seriously, $5.5 million isn't that bad, compared to what the Royals are shelling out elsewhere. Maybe there's still time to dump Jacobs. Shealy can go by the wayside, if necessary, and Gload, well, who gives a crap about Gload.
When healthy, Johnson is a better fielder than any other 1B candidate on the Royals, and although he's never gotten press, he's a beast of a hitter. Not monster power, but the guy can basically fall out of bed drunk and OBP .400 (career .396). Oh, and he can actually hit both right- and left-handed pitching.
He's basically a non-psychotic, first base version of Milton Bradley, a one-year flyer who might be worth trading at the deadline, at the very least. And, as opposed to all of Dayton Moore's other idiotic "win now" acquisitions this offseason that don't help the team win now, this one might. Even this past season, when he only appeared in 39 games, he WARed 0.9, which is almost a game better than Hoagy did in 150+ games. Over a full season, Johnson projects as a something like a +30 hitter and a +3 defender. Even if he only plays half a season that still better than any other non-Butler 1B/DH on the Royals is likely to do over a full season, and even Butler projects only slightly better over a full season.
Just a thought... It won't happen, but I always liked Johnson and thought he was underrated.