FLUSHING -- The New York Mets announced today they have signed outfielder Ben Johnson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Johnson, 26, batted .185 (5-27) with one double and one RBI in nine games last season with New York. He made five starts in leftfield and two in rightfield for the Mets. In addition, the 6-1, 229-pounder hit .271 (51-188) with 26 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 53 contests with New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.
Johnson fractured his left ankle on August 2nd last year with the Zephyrs and underwent left ankle fracture dislocation surgery on August 6th. Dr. Jonathan Deland performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
He has hit .230 (51-222) with 14 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 26 RBI in 98 career major league game with the San Diego Padres and Mets.