When you look at the Miami Marlins, you have to admit the team made some good, cheap insurance moves during the offseason. One of those moves included signing Reed Johnson at the end of January during the offseason. It seemed to be unclear where Johnson would fit at first, but he has made his presence known by beating out competition like Brian Bogusevic for the backup outfielder job.
So far in 2014, Johnson is hitting .250/.283/.383 with two home runs and 20 RBIs. Of Johnson’s 30 hits this season, 10 of them have been doubles. The 37-year-old outfielder is showing the Marlins there is still something left in him, and he is more than willing to give it his all on the field to help the Marlins get to the playoffs.
The rest of the season has to keep Johnson on his toes. He should know the Marlins have Jake Marisnick waiting in Triple-A for any spot to open up in the outfield. Johnson should still be the backup outfielder for the rest of the year barring injury and will still play his best with some pressure on his shoulders.
Johnson does still have to fend off Bogusevic, Kyle Jensen and Joe Benson for the job, and with the way it looks, Johnson will have it for now. It should be a good rest of the year for Johnson as the Marlins try to get to the top of the division.