The Miami Marlins have reportedly signed veteran outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with a spring training invite according to MLB blogger Joe Frisaro.
#Marlins sign OF Reed Johnson to minor lg contract w/ ST invite
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) January 31, 2014
Johnson has played on 4 different teams in his 11 year career, most recently playing for the Braves in 2012 and 2013. Reed has had some pretty solid seasons, the first being in 2006 when he posted a slash line of .319/.390/.479. He has followed that up with 2 more seasons hitting over .300.
At 37-years-old, Johnson’s career is certainly winding down, and he is likely viewed as a potential 4th outfielder. The Marlins already have a few of those, most notably newcomer Brian Bogusevic. It will likely be difficult for Johnson to find a spot on the Marlins opening day roster.
It is interesting that Miami is signing so many veteran players to minor league deals with spring training invites. I have to believe that a large reason for this is the lack of positional talent on the Marlins roster. This likely creates an enticing location for a veteran who is looking at one last shot at sticking on a team. With so few positional locks on the Marlins, a great spring training may qualify a player for a roster spot.
Many teams enter spring training with a good idea of who they are going to place on their 25 man roster. There may be a bullpen spot or two open, or even a utility infielder or 5th starter position available, but few teams have as many question marks as the Marlins. It is obvious that they are collecting quite a stable of veterans with the mindset of being able to compete for a position.
This is great news for Marlins’ fans as you never know who will make that offseason tweak that will reclaim their ability from old.
Let us know what you think. Does Reed Johnson have a chance at cracking the 25 man roster? Let us know in the comments below.