Nick Johnson’s Tremendous Free Agent Value: Could He Fit With Cubs?

November 12, 2009 by  

Nick Johnson is good at baseball.

In 2009, Johnson played 133 games, the first time since 2006 that he had topped the 130 mark. He posted a line of .291/.426/.405, including a ridiculous .279/.477/.413 after a midseason trade from the Washington Nationals to the Florida Marlins.

He walked more times (99) than he struck out (84), the third straight season in which he has done so.

In fact, Johnson has a lucrative and exceptionally valuable pair of abilities: He swings at nothing outside the strike zone (2009 chase rate a bit over 14 percent, or roughly half of the league average), and he makes contact with near...

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