Dan Johnson, perpetually bouncing back and forth from Triple-A to the majors, is now in the big leagues again with the Blue Jays.
Toronto placed Adam Lind on the disabled list with a broken foot and called up Johnson, the 34-year-old first baseman/journeyman/Rays hero who was hitting .248 with 17 homers, more walks (79) than strikeouts (69), and an .873 OPS in 94 games at Triple-A.
This will be Johnson’s fifth MLB team, compared to 11 seasons at Triple-A and 13 total seasons in the minors. He’s got a lifetime .747 OPS in the big leagues, which is almost exactly average, and … well, he just seems like someone to root for, really.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Manny Machado will meet with the Phillies’ brass in Philadelphia next week. George King of the New York Post, meanwhile, says that he may very well meet with the Yankees next week as well, in what is apparently an east coast tour. Beyond those two teams, the White Sox have expressed an interest in Machado and are expected to meet with him as well.
The other big star free agent is Bryce Harper, or course. He reportedly held court in a hotel suite a bit father north up the Las Vegas Strip from the Winter Meetings with his agent, taking meetings from officials from various teams. Proof, I guess, that meetings are not an immediate precursor to a signing.
At this point one wonders if the top two talents on the market will sign before Christmas.