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Chris Johnson refused to use his spidey senses on the field, but still had a decent season for the Cleveland Indians

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In a bizarre, roundabout way, Chris Johnson was partially responsible for the late-season surge that the Cleveland Indians put on in 2015. His play on the field did help a bit, and by trading Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher for Johnson midway through the season, the Indians dumped a lot of salary, relieved a crowded outfield, and helped some players get away from an annoying bro.

It was only two seasons ago that Johnson was worth 2.5 fWAR in 142 games for the Atlanta Braves and, considering he essentially a salary dump/swap, it is hard to complain about his play at third base.

Similar to Abraham Almonte, Johnson made his name immediately known in his first start, going 4-for-4 with two doubles against the Minnesota Twins on August 9. He followed that with a three-hit game against the Yankees and a hit in his next two games for good measure.

Unfortunately, just as he seemed to have found his groove, he suffered a bizarre injury in a Minnesota hotel. A spider (radioactive, probably) bit Johnson overnight prior to the Tribe’s August 15 game against the Twins. The bite got infected, and it ultimately lead to Johnson missing a little over two weeks before he returned on September 1 in a pinch-hit appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Best-case scenario for the injury was that Johnson was now a crime-fighting superhero with web-slinging powers, but instead he just missed time and came back with an average bat. Johnson played a mix of third base, designated hitter, and first base in his 27 games for the Tribe in 2015. During that time, he tallied 26 hits, four doubles and a lone home run on September 19.

Johnson’s .289/.312/.367 slash wit the Indians is desirable for a backup infield option, but if he is the getting significant playing time in 2016 and cannot maintain that .391 BABIP it may get ugly quickly. Again, considering he was basically a return piece in a salary dump it is difficult to get too hard on the front office for acquiring him (and he did play pretty well when he wasn't hurt), but hopefully he will not be played as a primary part of the offense next season.

Month G PA H 1B 2B 3B HR SB AVG OBP SLG wRC+ fWAR
April 16 43 12 8 4 0 0 1 .279 .347 .372 100 -
May 4 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 .222 .222 .222 17 -
June 17 40 8 6 1 0 0 0 .200 .220 .300 39 -
July 15 45 10 8 2 0 1 1 .222 .239 .267 36 -
August 10 37 13 9 3 0 1 0 .351 .368 .514 144 -
September 21 69 17 15 1 0 1 0 .246 .278 .304 60 -
Total 83 243 62 48 11 0 3 2 .255 .286 .377 71 -0.3