Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Free Agent Watch: Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson 1.1 WAR in 2011 with the Blue Jays/Diamondbacks. 2011 was a down year though, as he has a 2.52 WAR average in his career. Made $5.85 million in 2011, which is a 5318 WASP. Traded by Diamondbacks for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson had a .9 WAR for the Blue Jays. Aaron Hill registered a .6 WAR with the Diamondbacks, and McDonald had an even 0 WAR, meaning that the Jays won the trade as far as this year is concerned. His career offensive numbers look like this: .343 OBP, 784 OPS, 2.68 PAPP, 1.17 PPG. In 2011: .304 OBP, .717 OPS, 2.89 PAPP, and 1.16 PPG. While he wasn't near as efficient as usual, he still put up the same production. He had a BABIP of just .277 in 2010, while his career is .311. His Secondary Average and ISO were slightly higher in 2011 than his career number. This certainly is promising for a bounce-back year in 2012. His numbers were considerably better in Toronto than in Arizona, as his Offensive Winning Percentage suggests (.583 in Toronto and .469 in Arizona). In his career, he has a 96.45 Pitches per Starter metric, while he still had a 94.59 in 2011. I don't think he is worth the 7 million dollars WASP for his career would suggest, but he takes pitches, 2011 seems to have been an anomaly, and he is productive. There doesn't seem to be any reason to not give this guy a couple million dollars in free agency.

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