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Nick Johnson returns to Nationals Park

First baseman Nick Johnson was at Nationals Park on Tuesday. Only this time, he was in the visiting clubhouse wearing a Marlins uniform.

Four days ago, Johnson learned that the Nationals traded him to Florida for left-hander Aaron Thompson. Johnson now finds himself in a pennant race.

Entering Tuesday’s action, the Marlins are five games behind the Phillies in NL East Division race and three games behind the Rockies in the Wild Card standings.   

“I’m excited,” Johnson said. “We have a very good team. We are right there for the Wild Card and the division. So that’s what you play for — is to win.”    

Johnson acknowledged that it’s weird being in the Marlins’ dugout after spending five-plus years with the Nationals/Expos.

“It’s a little different, but you get over that pretty quick and it’s all about winning a ballgame,” Johnson said.

When Johnson arrived in Washington on Sunday night, he went straight to his apartment to spend time with his wife, Liz, and his two children.  

In his first at-bat on Tuesday, Johnson received an ovation that was lukewarm compared to the loud ovation outfielder Nyjer Morgan received on Friday when he returned to PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Johnson ended up driving in a run with a single to right against right-hander  J.D. Martin. 

Nationals had to trade Nick Johnson

Interim general manager Mike Rizzo didn’t have a choice but to trade Nick Johnson  because the latter did not want to negotiate an extension with the Nationals. Johnson, by the way, is looking for a two-year deal.  

If Johnson filed for free agency without being traded, there was a good possibility he could have been listed as a C-type player, which means the Nationals wouldn’t get a compensation pick if Johnson signed elsewhere.

As Rizzo found out before the Trade Deadline, there wasn’t much of a market for Johnson. Only the Giants, Marlins and Rangers had interest in Johnson.

The Rangers weren’t willing to give up anything significant for Johnson, so they were out of the picture immediately.

Johnson ranked third on the Giants’ wish list when it came to acquiring a first baseman. Ryan Garko was clearly San Francisco’s No. 1 choice.

The Marlins were the only team that showed any strong interest. The Nationals were not going to budge unless pitcher Aaron Thompson was in the deal. With 17 minutes left before the deadline, the two teams agreed to terms. The Nationals also gave the Marlins $1.5 million.                                 

News on Marlins, Johnson

I just received word from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Marlins most likely will not make a deal before the Trade Deadline. Does that mean the Nationals will not trade Nick Johnson?  Probably not.     

Nick Johnson's contract status

Even if first baseman Nick Johnson is not traded before the trade deadline, the Nationals have to deal with the fact that he will become a free agent after the season.

According to baseball sources, Johnson wants a two-year deal and to make more than the three-year, $16.5 million extension he signed during the spring of 2006.  Whether the Nationals give him such a deal is not known.

MLB.com approached Johnson twice about his contract status, but he declined to comment. 

Johnson has had an injury-plagued career during his time with Nationals/Expos. He has played only two full seasons — 2005 and ’06 — during his time with the team.

At the same time, the Nationals don’t have a player ready to replace Johnson. There has been talk all season that Adam Dunn could do the job, but he doesn’t have the defensive skills that Johnson has.

Johnson has played in 96 games and is hitting .295 with six home runs and 42 RBIs this season. 

Johnson, Harris on trade block

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson continues to be on the trade block, but getting traded may be another story.

According to one baseball source, the Nationals are asking too much for Johnson. Teams are not willing to give up top young players for a guy who gets injured often.

This year, however, Johnson has been healthy all season. He was hitting .305 with six home runs and 38 RBIs entering Thursday’s action against the Cubs.  

It was also learned that “contending teams” have interest in outfielder/infielder Willie Harris, a popular figure in organization.

Opposing teams like Harris because he can play all of the positions accept for first base, catcher and pitcher. It’s not known which teams are interested in Harris.         

Nick Johnson is OK

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson was back in the lineup on Monday after missing Sunday’s game with stomach pains.

Johnson said the pains occurred on Saturday night after the game against the Orioles. But it got so bad on Sunday that he had to go to the hospital. Johnson did not return to Nationals Park until the team was ready to travel to New York that evening.

“I feel like I do every other day. I feel good, real good,” Johnson said.                        

 

An update on Nick Johnson

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson has not been traded. He was a last-minute scratch from Sunday’s lineup because of stomach discomfort. Johnson was scheduled to bat second, but Adam Dunn ended up play first base.

The announcement about the lineup change was not made until after right-hander Shairon Martis threw the first pitch.

“He had some bad stomach pains last night,” manager Manny Acta said. “And then he showed up today with the same symptoms. We took him to the doctor to run some tests on him. The doctor found everything to be OK.”        

      

Where's Nick Johnson?

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson was a last-minute scratch on Sunday against the Orioles and replaced by Adam Dunn. Was Nick Johnson traded?.  I hope to learn more after the game.   

Nick Johnson continues to be subject of trade rumors

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson continues to be the subject of trade rumors. There was talk of Johnson going to the Red Sox for reliever Manny Delcarmen, but the deal fell through, according to published reports.

There is also speculation that the Mets may have interest in Johnson after Carlos Delgado was lost for 10 weeks due to hip surgery. However, for now, the Mets plan to stick with Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis at first.

A baseball source said if Murphy and Tatis are not productive, the Mets plan to call the Nationals about Johnson.

The Nationals have been trying to trade Johnson since last winter. When the Nationals signed Adam Dunn to a two-year $20 million contract last February, the plan was to put him at first base and make Josh Willingham the everyday left fielder.

But Johnson is still with Nationals and off to the best start of his career. Entering Saturday’s action against the Orioles, Johnson is hitting .336 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. He is in the last year of a three-year, $16.5 million contract.

“He is an extremely valuable player. He is fourth or fifth in the league in hitting,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We need him here and we like him here. If someone overwhelms us with a deal that we can’t refuse, of course, we are going to listen to a deal about Nick or anybody else. He is an extremely valuable player for us.”

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