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The Mets announced that they have signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson, who played in 67 games for the Padres last season hit .190, had an OBP of .259, and had 16 RBI.
He had the best catchers ERA in all of Major League Baseball in 2009, according to the press release (which you can see below).
Johnson will likely compete with Mike Nickeas for the job as backup catcher, though Nickeas will probably win because he does have a little bit more offensive potential than Rob Johnson (and that is definitely saying something).
Here is the release:
“The New York Mets today announced the club has signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.
“Johnson, 28, spent the entire 2011 campaign with the San Diego Padres, batting .190 (34-179) with six doubles, one triple, a career-high three home runs and 16 RBI in 67 games.
“The 6-1, 215-pounder had a 3.26 catchers ERA last year, the fifth-best mark among all major league catchers with 50 or more starts.
“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.
“Johnson has hit .197 (128-649) with 35 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBI in 228 games during his major league career (2007-2011) with the Mariners and Padres.”
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