Found January 29, 2013 on
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Former elite Yankees prospect Nick Johnson retired on Monday at the age of just 34. Johnson played last season with the Orioles, posting a .714 OPS in 38 games with the team. His issue last year wasn't productivity, but the same thing that plagued him over his entire career: injuries.
During his major league career, which began in 2001, Johnson put together a career line of .268/.399/.441, good for a 123 OPS+. That's a pretty solid statline, but Johnson did all of that in just 832 career games over those 11 seasons. He didn't play at all in 2000 or 2007, missing 2000 with a wrist injury and 2007 with a broken femur, and spent all of 2011 in the minors with the Indians, logging a total of just 55 games. During the rest of his career, Johnson managed to accumulate 500 plate appearances in a season just three times: 2005, 2006, and 2009. Not coincidentally, those were the three best seasons of his career, and Johnson was actually worth just shy of 10.0 fWAR between 200...
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Once a on-base machine, Nick Johnson has retired from baseball. Johnson, 34, had struggled to stay healthy over the last three seasons.
Johnson appeared in only 38 games with the Orioles last season while struggling with wrist problems.
The biggest asset Johnson brought to big-league clubs was his ability to get on base. He finishes his 10-year career with a .268/.399/.441 batting...
Eight times on base. Had Nick Johnson reached base just eight more times in his ten-year career, he would have become just the 41st player in history to leave the game with a .400+ OBP (min. 3,000 PA). Eight times on base in ten years. I say we blame the Orioles, because it was with them that he reached base just 33 times in 102 PA last season (.326 OBP). He went into the season...
Even after signing free agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens,
the Baltimore Orioles continue to pursue left-hander Joe Saunders, according to
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.
Here’s what I know for sure -- at least heading into Monday:
Both sides still want a marriage and are hopeful it will happen, but both have
a pretty clear idea of what it will take, and neither...
Last week, the Baltimore Orioles signed another pitcher; however, it was not a name that I even had on my radar.
Then again, there were rumors about a few years ago concerning Jair Jurrjens donning the black and the orange. Back then, he was a young pitcher who looked to be on the cusp of greatness; however, injury, setbacks and struggles on the mound have lowered his value....
Ben and Sam preview the Orioles` season with Derek Carty, and Pete talks to MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli (at 13:22).
The Angels have agreed to terms with veteran utility player Bill Hall, 33, on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
The right-handed-hitting Hall, who can play third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield, will compete for a reserve spot with the Angels, who watched him work out Tuesday in Phoenix. But he is also open to playing at triple-A Salt Lake...
Past Kyle Lohse and Javier Vazquez, the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market is probably Joe Saunders, last of the Orioles. Saunders reportedly has a two year, $15 million offer on the table, which is ridiculous to me. That's what Joe Blanton got from the Angels (plus a club option for a third year), and Blanton is a better pitcher across the board than Saunders...