Mariners - Signed Johjima
Seattle Mariners - Signed C Kenji Johjima to a 3-year contract worth $16.5 million.
One of the best thing about signing Japanese players? It has to be the great fun of putting Japanese sites through Babelfish as was necessary to get Johjima (or Jojima)‘s 2005 stats. You always have mixed results - I understand what “coming out base ratio” and “long batting average” are, but I’m still not sure how the free agent catcher earned 33 “Annie Oakleys” or 16 “Dead Spheres.” The Hawks official website also has lots of recent pictures of Johjima doing activities such as checking residence environment and aiming toward measure transfer. He’s also apparently met a lot with the king director, a title I’m sure Jim Bowden would love to assign himself.
Nice play by the Mariners here - Johjima’s got more upside than the other catchers in this less-than-enthralling free agent market, Ramon Hernandez or Ben Molina. Letting someone else pay to keep the Molina family awash in Pop Tarts for the next few years is the better choice here, I feel. Much has been made of the communication angle, but I don’t think that’s really a big deal. After all, the only really good pitcher on the Mariners, King Felix, speaks little English and I don’t think all that English communication kept Aaron Sele or Ryan Franklin from pitching terribly.
Projection Japanese players is still tricky - I’d expect less accuracy with this projection.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Kenji Johjima
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
444 59 121 27 1 21 67 44 52 3 .273 .342 .480
Posted: November 21, 2005 at 07:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
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