Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 12/22/11
The Mets have signed free-agent C Rob Johnson to a minor-league deal and have invited him to Spring Training. Johnson appeared in 67 games for the Padres in 2011 and hit .190 with a .259 OBP, 3 HR and 16 RBI in 179 at-bats, while batting .229 against left-handed pitching. He’s a career .197 hitter with 8 HR and 58 RBI in five seasons with the Mariners and Padres. He cleared waivers in October and elected to become a free agent. In a press released, the Mets point out: He led all major league catchers with a 3.22 catchers ERA (minimum 75 starts) for the Seattle Mariners in 2009. He also established career highs with 19 doubles and 27 RBI that year.” He threw out 23 percent of runners trying to steal against him last year.
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