Reed Johnson pulled from Cubs game; could he be headed to Tigers? (UPDATE: He's not)
Johnson, a 35-year-old journeyman outfielder, is just the type of player that the Tigers are looking for: an inexpensive (1-year, $1.115M contract with Cubs) right-handed batter, who hits lefties very well (career .313 hitter; .333 this season).
Coincidentally, Thomas Collier, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Tigers' Class A affiliate at West Michigan, was also pulled from his game, after just three innings of work.
As I wrote earlier today, Johnson's exactly what the Tigers may be seeking, either before or after Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Earlier Monday, The Oakland Press' sports columnist, Pat Caputo, had a hunch that Johnson might be a perfect fit in Detroit.
UPDATED: Apparently, according to reports from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (among others) Johnson's headed to Atlanta, along with pitcher Paul Maholm.