Johnson set to Return to the Bronx

The 2010 version of the New York Yankees is starting to finalize itself after the reports that Nick Johnson has agreed to sign a 1 year 5.5 million dollar deal with the club. Johnson a 1B by trade will not be filling that role on the Yankees, but rather will be inserted into the DH role formally filled by new LAA Angel Hideki Matsui. Many Yankee fans will look at this move on the surface as a downgrade, but a simple check of the numbers will show that Johnson may simply fit the lineup better.
Matsui (2009) – .271/.367/.509/131+
Johnson (2009) – .291/.426/.405/122+

Two things are clear, Johnson is far better at getting on base and Matsui hit for considerably more power. Both players are injury risks, but the 36 year old Matsui who needed his knees drained on multiple occasions was looked at as nothing more then a DH to the Yankees, at least with Johnson the Yankees have the flexibility of using him at 1B and at fives years younger the risk seems much smaller with Johnson.
Since November 4th when the Yankees brought home the World Series title, they have lost Hideki Matsui and according to reports today, it looks as if Johnny Damon will be considering a new home as well. Those losses open up two roles on the 2010 Yankee roster. First the DH spot as mentioned, and the need for someone to bat 2nd in front of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. With those two powerful run producers in the middle of the lineup, Johnson is the perfect fit. Sporting a career line of .273/.402/.473, Johnson has seen his power dip in recent years all the way down to eight home-runs and a .405 SLG% in 2009.
With Johnson is the fold the 2010 Yankee lineup projects as:
1.Derek Jeter – SS   .388/.444/.366
2.Nick Johnson – DH .414/.434/.375
3.Mark Teixeira – 1B   .395/.559/.406
4.Alex Rodriguez 3B .400/.550/.406
5.Jorge Posada C .372/.467/.365
6.Robinson Cano 2B .347/.489/.359
7.Nick Swisher RF .365/.467/.362
8.Curtis Granderson CF .353/.491/.366
9.Brett Grader LF .368/.375/.347
Melky Cabrera .341/.406/.330
Listed projections are OBP/SLG/wOBA found here. Gardner and Cabrera could platoon in LF or Gardner could slide into CF for defense while Granderson plays LF. In any case the lineup projects to have not a single regular with a wOBA below .330. The Yankees may not have been able to spend $450 million dollars this off season but they did accomplish the goals of getting cheaper and younger set out by Brian Cashman. By replacing Damon with Granderson and Matsui with Johnson, the 2010 Yankees are a combined $15 million dollars cheaper in those positions.
The Yankees may not have been able to spend $450 million dollars this off season but they did accomplish the goals of getting cheaper and younger set out by Brian Cashman. By replacing Damon with Granderson and Matsui with Johnson, the 2010 Yankees are a combined $15 million dollars cheaper in those positions, with players who are younger and at a minimum the equals of their predecessors.
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