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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Indians - Signed Johnson

Cleveland Indians - Signed P Jason Johnson to a 1-year contract worth $4 million.

This is a $3.5 million contract with a $500K buyout clause and a few million in incentives both 2006 and the mutual option year of 2007.

I don’t particularly like this signing.  Johnson just isn’t a very good pitcher and the Indians don’t need a 5th starter for up to 2 years - they need someone to cover the gap for Jeremy Sowers for up to a couple of months.  In fact, I’m quite certain that Sowers is a better pitcher than Jason Johnson now even if you don’t give him a dozen starts in Buffalo.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Jason Johnson
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W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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10 11 33 33 202 215 103 22 62 107 4.59
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Dan Szymborski Posted: December 27, 2005 at 01:59 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. buddy34 Posted: December 27, 2005 at 04:27 PM (#1795633)
i don't like the signing either - davis, carmona or sowers could do as well as johnson, for 1/10th the price. but if johnson can match that ZIPS, it won't hurt the indians.
   2. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 27, 2005 at 04:31 PM (#1795639)
Indians - Signed Johnson


Different cultures different customs.

Best Regards

John
   3. DCW3 Posted: December 27, 2005 at 06:47 PM (#1795847)
No TO for Matt Lawton? Is it just too far in the past now? I was looking forward to some horse jokes.
   4. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 27, 2005 at 07:29 PM (#1795923)
Y'know, I'd love to be a headline writer for a team with a player named Johnson:

Johnson Taken Out After Experiencing Stiffness

Kim Blames Loss On Holding Johnson At Third

Johnson Involved In Probe

Torre Plans On Handling Johnson Carefully

Bong Smoked Johnson Batted Around

Torre Plans On Stretching Out Johnson

Inexperienced Johnson Can't Finish What He Started

Johnson Brings Padres To Their Knees

Manager Feels Exposure Needed For Raw Johnson

Johnson Feels At Home In Busch


Best Regards

John
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 27, 2005 at 07:36 PM (#1795942)
Johnson = Penis
   6. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 27, 2005 at 07:39 PM (#1795951)
Is that what it means? Dang, now my post makes no sense.

Live and lurn sez I.

Best Regards

John
   7. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 27, 2005 at 08:51 PM (#1796076)
How about this headline which could've happened in Chicago in 1980....

Randy Johnson Not Sold On Kuntz

Best Regards

John
   8. Darren Posted: December 27, 2005 at 10:01 PM (#1796263)
How about this headline:

Johnson Jokes Getting Hard... To Endure
   9. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: December 27, 2005 at 10:04 PM (#1796268)
Did Bivens send you here for my intervention?

Best Regards

John

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