If Izturis is rejuvenated and inspired by being a starting 2B, maybe he can post a similar line to his 2009 season. In 387 AB's, he hit .300 .359 .793 with 8HR 65RBI...13/18 on the basepaths and just 41 SO to 35 BB. I'm sure if he posted a line similar to that this year, it would end up being well over the major league average for 2B.
I also hated Johnson. Never liked the trade, never liked his defense, and his offense was way to sporadic.
Horrible strikeout ratio. I am so happy he's gone.
I am not by any means expecting Izturis to post his numbers like 09, but if he did, that would be an outstanding upgrade.
I think Emilio will get most of the playing time there though.
I loved the trade. Hill was brutal for us 2 and 1/2 seasons and both he and the Jays needed a change of scenery.
AA saw that Hill was no longer producing and did see that he had a future with the team. So he moved him for Johnson who was a type A free agent. At the time Hill was barely holding onto type B status. AA made the trade in hopes to land another first round pick and a supplemental pick.
The plan went well and Johnson just held onto his type A classifications. AA offered him arbitration and stupid Johnson accepted his 6.35M. AA did not get his picks; Johnson got 6.35M but his value dropped significantly and wont get any deals better than what he was offer last year.
Those two picks would have added to our farm. AA made the right moves; too bad Johnson could find an acceptable deal last off-season.
Kelly Johnson was pretty damn awful last year. He didn't exactly set the bar high there. Maicer Izturis was better than that in a part time role virtually every other year of his career. He's an upgrade over what Johnson was last year.