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Orioles, Nick Johnson to Sign Minor League Deal

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with Nick Johnson, according to Rock Kubatko. The deal includes an invite to spring training, though Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider notes his injury history might prevent Johnson from landing on the big league roster.

Johnson, 33, is a better-than-serviceable hitter with a career line of .270 / .401 / .443. The real problem, as Zuckerman noted, is that he's not entirely reliable -- he missed all of 2011, only played in 24 games in 2010, missed all of 2007, only played in 38 games in 2008...etc. Sad, because all these missed games came at would have been the peak of his career. And wooo, that walk rate.

  • Twitter / @masnRoch - "orioles reach agreement with Nick Johnson on minor league deal with spring invite."
  • Nick Johnson signs with Orioles - Mark Zuckerman | Nats Insider
    "Johnson hasn't played in the big leagues since 2010, and he's still yet to make it through an entire season without spending time on the disabled list. But he'll get a chance to make it back this spring after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Orioles today, according to multiple reports."