FanShot

A Risk Worth Taking?

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker