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Cleveland Indians Sign INF Nick Johnson To Contract

The Cleveland Indians added INF Nick Johnson today after signing him to a minor-league contract. Johnson is coming off wrist surgery in February and will not be ready for the start of the season.

Johnson began his career as a highly touted prospect for the New York Yankees, but injuries kept him from realizing his full potential. Johnson spent time with Montreal, moving on to Washington when the Expos became the Nationals, as well as Florida and a second stint with the Yankees last year.

Johnson’s best season came in 2007 while with the Nationals. he hit .290 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI. His .428 OBP was also the best of his career. Overall, Johnson has a .401 lifetime OBP and is a career .270 hitter with 91 career home runs.

If Johnson is added to the big-league squad this season, the Indians trigger a team-option for 2012.

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