Veteran outfielder Reed Johnson has re-signed with the Marlins on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
For a long time Johnson was an ideal fourth outfielder who could handle all three spots defensively and knock around left-handed pitching, but now he’s 38 years old and hit a combined .239 with a .630 OPS during the past two seasons.
He got into 113 games for the Marlins last year despite producing a .614 OPS, but just 27 of them were starts. He’ll compete for another bench spot.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York spoke to a Mets source who said right-hander Bobby Parnell is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, which makes sense given that he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in early April last year.
That same source indicated that the team expects Parnell to come off the DL within 2-3 weeks, but that seems fairly optimistic given the typical 12-month recovery timetable and the usual need to get back into game shape before returning.
Either way, by keeping Parnell for $3.7 million via arbitration the Mets clearly think he’ll be able to make an impact in 2015 after missing all but one game last season. Before blowing out his elbow Parnell posted a 2.79 ERA with 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings from 2010-2013.
After posting a 2.82 ERA in his first three seasons Rockies reliever Rex Brothers struggled last year with a 5.59 ERA, so naturally now he’s in The Best Shape Of His Life: