With two days until Christmas, Yanks introduce Nick
For those of you who were waiting with great anticipation for when the Yankees would finally announce the Nick Johnson signing, today was your day. The Yankees held their second conference call in as many days, getting Brian Cashman back on the horn and discussing the decision to ink Johnson as their DH for 2010.
There’s no doubt that on-base percentage played a big role in the Yankees’ thinking that Johnson could be a replacement for Hideki Matsui at DH and for Johnny Damon in the two hole. But the big question is, can he stay healthy? It seems like ‘DL’ has been just as prevalent in Johnson’s career as ‘OBP.’
“It’s clear to dream about what he does and what he can provide if he
stays healthy,” Cashman said. “Certainly at the same time, I recognize
and can’t ignore the risk that comes with his trying to stay on the
field and stay healthy.
“This was a decision that I was willing to make,
recognizing that there’s risk that comes with it because of his health
history. Is there a risk in signing him? Sure there is.”
Here’s what Johnson had to say about getting into that uniform again:
“I started my career here, and I’m just really happy to be back and put
those stripes back on and to be with a great organization,” Johnson said. “It’s all about winning. That’s something that I want to get
back to doing.”