There’s really not much more to this bit of news than what the title says, but for the benefit of those of you who may, for some reason, not be able to read the titles of these posts, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that sources tell him the Jays are “open to bringing back Kelly Johnson as the everyday second baseman.”
Cue Brad Fullmer Fan creaming his jeans. [Don't worry, he doesn't think much of financial flexibility, so I'm sure he'll just go an buy a new pair, consequences be damned.]
Oh, I joke. Sorta.
But in all seriousness, this is an interesting, unexpected, and only probably-awful, not wholly-awful suggestion. The Jays do need to do something at second base, and for some reason– perhaps the limitations of new CBA– we’ve started seeing hints that they may be more inclined to aggressively try to compete in 2012. So… maybe it makes sense?
In a vacuum it certainly would be nice to have Johnson back in the fold. I’m a fan. Even in a poor 2011 he was worth 2.2 fWAR, he’s got a career on-base of .343, he was solid defensively, and we know that the Jays have liked him for a long time. But to pay a premium of two draft picks, and to have to outbid other clubs for the right to sign the guy?
I just don’t see the Jays doing it– not at a time when extra draft picks just got much harder to come by. And I have a hard time believing the club couldn’t find comparable talent at a lower salary, shorter term and for less cost in prospect capital on the trade market.
Who? I don’t know. But there’s got to be something out there that doesn’t require such a premium.
“Open to” can mean a lot of things. I’ll believe that Anthopoulos has pulled an about-face in his view of draft picks when I see it.