Cubs retain Reed Johnson on one year deal

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with Outfielder Reed Johnson on a one year contract. Terms have not yet been disclosed. Johnson was a pleasant surprise for Cubs fans in 2011. The veteran outfielder has bounced around the majors but he settled in nicely for Chicago last season after Tyler Colvin struggled and Marlon Byrd battled injuries. Johnson went from part timer to valuable contributor in the process and ended up posting an impressive slash line of .309/.348/.467.

With the configuration of the Cubs 2012 outfield in question it is hard to predict Johnson’s role with the club. What we do know is that he’ll be on the club. Johnson and David DeJesus could forma nice platoon in right field for Chicago. There has been speculation that Alfonso Soriano and/or Marlon Byrd could be dealt prior to the start of the season. If either of them is dealt Johnson could end up with a prominent role in left or center field.

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