Catcher Johnson joins Mets with Minors deal

Catcher Johnson joins Mets with Minors deal

Catcher Johnson joins Mets with Minors deal
With Josh Thole's defense at times in question, the Mets on Thursday announced they've brought in a backup who should be able to handle a pitching staff if need arises.

Rob Johnson, a 28-year-old defensive specialist, has joined the organization on a Minor League deal.

Johnson, carries just a .197 lifetime average in 228 Major League games, but he posted a 3.26 catcher's ERA with the Padres last season, the fifth-best mark in the Majors among backstops with 50 or more starts. Johnson made 67 appearances last year, second most in his five-year career to 2009, when he played in 80 games for the Mariners.

Johnson's lifetime on-base percentage is .297 and his three home runs last season were a career high. A fourth-round Draft pick of the Mariners in 2004, Johnson has caught 28 percent of potential basestealers (47-for-169).

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.