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Monday, February 1, 2010
Source: L.A. offers Johnson $800K deal


According to Major League Baseball sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers have offered former Chicago Cubs' outfielder Reed Johnson a one-year, $800,000 contract, pending a physical.

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Reed Johnson

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Reed Johnson's camp initially asked the Cubs for almost three times what he may get from L.A.

Johnson joined the Cubs as a free agent in 2008 and became a fan favorite by playing the game hard while making acrobatic catches that still have some Cubs fans buzzing. The signing of Xavier Nady ended any chances of Johnson re-signing with the Cubs. If Johnson had asked the Cubs for the same deal that he reportedly will sign with the Dodgers, they would have agreed on a deal two months ago. Initially, Johnson's camp was asking for almost three times the amount reportedly being offered by the Dodgers.

After hitting .303 with the Cubs in 2008, injuries limited Johnson to 65 games and a .255 average in 2009. The affable outfielder missed time with a broken foot and back spasms. Back problems have been an ongoing condition for Johnson the last three seasons. A solid clubhouse presence was also a strong suit for the likeable California native.

Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com first reported that Johnson was close to an agreement on a one-year deal with the Dodgers.