Yankees sign Dan Johnson to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have signed corner infielder/DH Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

Johnson, 33, has hit .237/.338/.412 in parts of seven seasons in the majors. He’s never really been a regular player though only playing in at least 100 games twice.¬†He’s a decent defensive first baseman, but his experience in left field or third base is limited. He’s a left handed hitter, but he has no significant lefty/righty splits.

The Yankees really don’t have a DH yet so Johnson is it. He’s certainly not the best option at the position, but they could do worse. At least Johnson shows plenty of patience at the plate and occasional pop. Expect the Yankees to make one or two more similar signings like this to compete with Johnson for time at DH. The Yankees may avoid bigger name DH, who may likewise avoid them, since Alex Rodriguez is expected by in July and will get the bulk of the DH at bats after that.

Johnson is probably most famous for his homer on Game 162 against the Yankees back in 2011. He’s always done very well against the Yankees with a .304/.370/.826 line in just 27 plate appearances. That’s an incredibly small sample size so don’t read too much into it, although Johnson is a dead pull hitter which could play well in Yankee Stadium.

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4 Responses to Yankees sign Dan Johnson to a minor league deal

  1. John says:

    Maybe a Johnson/Canzler platoon at DH? Not great but may be decent for the money. Lets hope. Anyone but Diaz

  2. klaus says:

    With another dead pull lefty hitter, opposing defenses can just stay in the shift all the time. Won't get tired moving around.

  3. Mark Panuthos says:

    I think it was Dan Johnson who hit that game winning home run against the Yankees at the end of 2011 – when the Rays came from 7 down. I'm optimistic.

  4. John says:

    Game tying home run. Longoria hit the walkoff. He halso hit 3 bombs for the White sox in game 162 last year.