Former Yankees in the news: Nick Johnson & Freddy Garcia

Monday Night Open Thread
Cashman: Pineda will throw off a half-mound tomorrow

Got two small updates on former Yankees. First, Nick Johnson has decided to call it a career according to Sweeny Murti. The 34-year-old retires as a .268/.399/.441 (126 wRC+) hitter with a 15.7% walk rate, though injuries — specifically to his right wrist and hand — derailed his career. More than anything, this gives me a chance to post Johnson’s batting line with Double-A Norwich in 1999: .345/.525/.548 with 123 walks, 88 strikeouts, and 37 hit-by-pitches. Yes, 37 hit-by-pitches.

Second, Freddy Garcia has signed a minor league contract with the Padres according to multiple reports. Garcia, 36, should do quite well in Petco Park given his extreme fly ball ways. Plus it’s a minor league deal, so tough to complain about that. The sweaty one posted a 4.29 ERA and 4.35 FIP in 254 innings with the Yankees over the last two season. Good luck in San Diego, Freddy, see you in the World Series.

Monday Night Open Thread
Cashman: Pineda will throw off a half-mound tomorrow
  • Tmoney

    When healthy NJ could flat out rake.

  • Minor Leaguer


    Although I thought Nick Johnson coudve been a DH option but really I’d like to see Jack Cust as our DH because he freaking raked in triple-A with 25 HR in and .240 average with only about 80 something games because he was cut so they could bring up players in the end of the season.

    • trr

      have you ever seen Cust at the ML level? Apparently not…

  • Havok9120

    I still can’t believe Garcia threw 107 innings for the team last season. I really didn’t think he pitched that much.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Missin’ you already, Nick.

  • jjyank

    Real shame about Nick Johnson. A career .399 OBP is nothing to sneeze at. Also, that AA line is video game stuff. Crazy.

  • Cool Lester Smooth (Formerly YanksFanInBeantown)

    Poor Nick the Stick.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Best of luck to sweaty Freddy. May Petco get a couple of extra years out of that arm. I will forever be grateful for 2011.

    • SD Charlie

      They’re moving the fences in (again) this year. The comfortable confines are going to be a little more hitter-friendly. I remember seeing some crazy stat how Adrian Gonzalez didn’t hit a single HR after 8:00 PM in San Diego. The thought was that it was due to the dense ocean air and the roomy dimensions.

      At any rate, I’ll cheer for Freddy until August, when the Yankees finally visit SD.

  • jdubs

    I can never forgive Nick Johnson for using Party in the USA as his walk up music. Or for his second stint ‘stache. fPALM!

    • dkidd

      the stache was tragic, but he used that song because his daughter asked him to, which makes him an awesome dad

  • RetroRob

    He of Sweat should lead the NL in ERA in that league and park.

  • Jd

    Mr glass retires and mr ass goes to minors

  • Bob B

    Nick Johnson’s 1998 season was in Norwich, not Norfolk. The Yanks had their AA team in Connecticut in those days.

  • mustang

    In related news Nick Johnson slipped on ice while putting his retirement papers in the mail. His retirement will be delayed 2 to 3 weeks while recovers from his injuries.

    Feel better soon Nick.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Both of these guys could be in pinstripes again. They are the type of inexpensive short term downsiders that the 2013 team will sign during the season as the MRI’s mount….

  • TCMiller30

    Nick Johnson was always one of my favorites. It’s too bad he could never stay healthy.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    ….soon turned out, he had a bod of glass.

    Soooooo sad the way NJ’s career went. Man oh man.

  • FLYER7

    Remember when it looked like the Yankee infield of the future was Nick Johnson, Alfonso Soriano, Derek Jeter and Drew Henson…