Toronto Blue Jays sign first baseman Dan Johnson

February 27, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Dan Johnson (12) catches the ball at first for an out in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Pictures like these always make me cringe. Anyways, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced that they have signed first baseman/designated hitter Dan Johnson to a minor league contract.

There wasn’t much room for Johnson with the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles considering the depth they have at both positions. Of course the Orioles have Chris Davis, so there was no way the Orioles were going to put Johnson over Davis in the near future.

Johnson only had five at bats at the Major League level this season but spent a lot of time at the Minor League level.

Between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, Johnson had 21 home runs with a batting line of .250/.378/.439.

Right now the Blue Jays have Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind on the depth chart for first base, but Encarnacion also played third base throughout his career.

Lind is the teams only true first baseman as he started 71 games at that position last season while hitting 23 home runs and 67 RBI’s.

It’ll be a tough task for Johnson to make yet another Major League roster.

Topics: Dan Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

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