Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Johnson signs with Diamondbacks

Want further proof that the Kaz Matsui deal sucks? 2B Kelly Johnson will sign a deal with Arizona for $2 million.

I know Johnson had a down year, last year, hitting .224/.303/.389 for the Braves.

Kaz Matsui hit .250/.302/.357 for the Astros last year, and after the All-Star Break Matsui hit .248/.292/.374. In the second half of 09, Johnson hit .261/.358/.493.

Furthermore, Johnson will be 28 in February. Matsui's 34. And Matsui will make about $3.5 million more than Johnson.

I'm not happy about this, and I don't think it's a stretch to say that Matsui was the worst signing of Ed Wade's Houston tenure. This only amplifies it.


OremLK said...

To be fair, Matsui's career UZR/150 is above average at 2.7, while Kelly Johnson's is pretty bad at -7.4. I still agree that Matsui was a serious overpay, however... just not quite as much as one might think looking at this signing.

The Constable. said...

That's a valid point. I did wake up grouchy, so there's that aspect to consider, as well.