I, like many others, fell in love with Kenji Johjima this week. Meanwhile, I am also aware that Jeff Clement may be the Mariners first legitimate hitting prospect for a long time. I find it troubling that Clement's development would necessitate moving Johjima. Then I had this idea:
Hopefully, Carl Everett won't be a Mariner in 2007. I don't hate the guy, I just think his offense isn't worth the money he's paid. Also assuming that Clement continues to move up the minors, why not have Johjima be the everyday catcher next year and have Clement double as the everyday DH and backup catcher? For one, the big knock against Clement has always been his defense. Also, this way we could have both hitters in the lineup every day; Johjima could start, say, 70% of the games at catcher and 30% at DH, and Clement would start 30% at Cather and 70% at DH. This way, we keep two good bats in the lineup every day, and we don't have to use a roster spot on some weak right handed hitting backup catcher.
If this is a horrible idea, let me know (gently).