Reed Johnson to the Detroit Tigers?

Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that four teams have made an offer for Reed Johnson. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers are among the four teams that have made an offer for the 35-year-old outfielder.

The Cubs removed Johsnon from today’s game, meaning he could of been traded.

Johnson is hitting .307/.361/.452 in 180 plate appearances. The Tigers have been looking for another right handed bat that can hit left handed pitching well. This year Johnson is hitting .333 against left handed pitching, and a career .313 hitter against lefties. Exactly what the Tigers are looking for.

The asking price of Johnson is unknown. Considering he has one more year left on his deal and is 35 with only 1.1 million dollars left on contract after 2012.

If the Tigers are the team, this creates a jam in the outfield and the bench. Andy Dirks – who has been injured since May — is supposed to be coming back this week. With the return of Dirks, and with the possible addition of Johnson it would create a serious problem trying to get playing time for everyone in the outfield.

It’s obvious that Johnson would be the starter against lefties, but would he be starting everyday? Brennan Boesch, Quintin Berry and Austin Jackson are currently the everyday starters. When Dirks comes back, how would Jim Leyland give Dirks the playing time he needs and still get Boesch and Berry into the line up. Would Ryan Raburn or Don Kelly be cut to make room for Johnson? Something Leyland and Dave Dombrowski would have to think about.

The move makes sense because the Tigers would get the right handed bat that their line up has been lacking, but creates a quandary in the outfield that Leyland will have to figure out.

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