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Nats extend Nick Johnson thru 2009

Nick Johnson has signed a three year, $16 million contract extension with the Washington Nationals.

The deal is for $5.5 million per year for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. Great deal for the Nationals, if Nick Johnson can stay healthy, since a healthy Nick Johnson (as Jim Bowden is quoted as saying in the article) is at least an $8 million per year player.

Washington is a bad team, but Johnson is a nice piece to build around...and if he stays healthy and they continue to suck, he should be able to bring a nice package of prospects in 2007 or 2008.