Dodgers closing in on Reed Johnson

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On Friday, Craig wondered why the Dodgers were going after Garret Anderson. Well, it looks like they’ve come to their senses, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers are making a “hard run” at free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. He adds that a deal “may be close or already done.”

Johnson, 33, played in only 65 games last season due to a fractured left foot, but batted .255/.330/.412 with four home runs and 22 RBI. He holds an 841 career OPS against lefties and is capable of playing all three outfield positions. If Johnson is signed, Xavier Paul and Jason Repko would likely compete for the final outfield spot.

Miguel Sano gained weight this offseason

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Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.

They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.

Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.

Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.

So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.