Dodgers Sign Jason Johnson to MiL Contract

The Dodgers also announced the signing of Jason Johnson to a Minor League contract. Johnson, 34, has a career Major League record of 55-98, 4.99 and pitched in Japan last year.

He won in double figures in 2001 and 2003 and led the American League with four shutouts in 2004.

He was signed as a free agent by the Pirates in 1992, drafted by Tampa Bay from Pittsburgh in 1997, traded to Baltimore in 1999, granted free agency in 2003, signed by Detroit, granted free agency in 2005 signed by Cleveland in 2006, purchased by the Red Sox in 2006 and released, signed by Cincinnati in 2006 and released after the season.
Jason Michael Johnson   br  tr  6-6  220
Born- October 27, 1973
Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2008

year   team   w-l    era  gm  gs    in     h   bb   so
1997   Pitt   0-0   6.00   3   0    6.0   10    1    3
1998   TBay   2-5   5.70  13  13   60.0   74   27   36
1999   Balt   8-7   5.46  22  21  115.1  120   55   77
2000   Balt   1-10  7.02  25  13  107.2  119   61   79
2001   Balt  10-12  4.09  32  32  196.0  194   77  114
2002   Balt   5-14  4.59  22  22  131.1  141   41   97
2003   Balt  10-10  4.18  32  32  189.2  216   80  118
2004   Det    8-15  5.13  33  33  196.2  222   60  125
2005   Det    8-13  4.54  24  20  115.0  160   35   54
2006   Clev   3-12  6.35  20  20  106.1  149   35   50
       Bost   3-8   7.36   6   6   29.1   41   13   18
       Cinn   0-0   3.12   4   0   8.2    11    0    4
   Total     55-98  4.99 239 216 1327.2 1489  486  790
Drootin Honored by Dodgers-- During the second annual High School Baseball Coaches Reception recently in Dodger Stadium, Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda presented Newbury Park High head baseball coach Scott Drootin with a plaque of appreciation in recognition for his "outstanding contributions to the great game" and "endless hours of developing future Dodgers," including Andrew Lambo, the Dodgers' fourth-round pick during June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Drootin coached Lambo for two years at NPHS, during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, where the left-handed slugger set the school's all-time career record for home runs and was twice named Ventura County Player of the Year.

"It was a nice way for the Dodgers to say thanks for getting Andrew on the right path," Drootin said. "He's a great kid with a great future."

After he and Lambo posed for pictures with Lasorda, Drootin, a lifelong Dodger fan, got to meet one of his idols, Mike Brito.

Brito, who's often seen behind home plate at Dodger Stadium with a radar gun and his trademark white Panama hat, was the scout who helped sign Fernando Valenzuela many years ago. "He is a legend in my mind," Drootin said. "It was awesome to meet Mike Brito."

As for Lambo, his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League was nothing short of phenomenal. Playing primarily as a right fielder, Lambo finished second in the GCL in on-base percentage (.440) and OPS (.960), which is a combination of onbase plus slugging percentage.

Lambo's .343 batting average ranked third in the GCL. He also tied for fifth in runs scored (28) and was tied for sixth in total hits (62).

For his effort, Lambo was named the Dodger's Guy Wellman Award winner, which is given out annually to the Dodgers' top minor league player. Past honorees included pitchers Clayton Kershaw (2006), Chad Billingsley (2005) and Chan-Ho Park (1994), as well as first baseman James Loney (2002) and third baseman Adrian Beltré (1995).

Lambo, 18, will be presented with the Guy Wellman Award, named after the team's longtime coordinator of instruction and field coordinator, during a spring training game.

Chuck Crimm, a former major league pitcher and Thousand Oaks High graduate, was the scout responsible for signing Lambo. He was recognized at last week's ceremony as well. "Chuck was the one guy that didn't let any of Lambo's past stuff bother him," Drootin said. "After talking with him and Lasorda, they think they got the steal of the draft."

Canadian Hall Welcomes Harris --Former Toronto Gold Glove shortstop Tony Fernandez and former Dodger pitcher Bill Harris head a list of four 2008 inductees into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the ceremony to take place June 28 at the museum in St. Marys, Ontario.

Fernandez, the all-time major-league leader in base hits among Dominican-born players, Fernandez will be joined in the Canadian baseball shrine by Billy Harris, a former Dodger from the 1950s, the late Peter Widdrington, and Gladwyn Scott.

Harris, 76, signed his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. He pitched in the minors for the Montreal Royals, making two appearances for the Dodgers – once in 1957 in the club's final week in Brooklyn and once in 1959 in Los Angeles. In this, the final spring for the Dodgers spring training at Vero Beach, Harris has fond memories.

"I went to Vero Beach and all the minor leaguers were there with the major leaguers at the same place, eating at the same table," Harris recalled. "That was one of the greatest thrills to be sitting beside Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella."

Widdrington, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 75, joined the Jays' board of directors in 1980. He was instrumental in 1984 in the creation of the all-sports network TSN as chairman of Labatt's Breweries, was the Jays' chairman during the two World Series wins in 1992-93.

Scott was an assistant coach on Canada's first national team and was general manager for three years of Canada's national youth program. --Rich Griffin.

Dodger Blue Notes-- Trainer Stan Conte reported from Arizona that he watched pitcher Jason Schmidt throw off a mound. Conte said Schmidt continues his recovery from serious shoulder surgery, and Conte was pleased with what he saw. Schmidt is expected to be throwing off a mound in Spring Training.

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